senate Bill S4140

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires applicants for the renewal of a driver's license to prove they have acceptable vision to operate a motor vehicle

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 17, 2014 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1463
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jan 08, 2014 referred to transportation
Jun 21, 2013 committed to rules
Jun 10, 2013 advanced to third reading
Jun 05, 2013 2nd report cal.
Jun 04, 2013 1st report cal.1091
Mar 12, 2013 referred to transportation

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Jun 16, 2014 - Rules committee Vote

S4140
23
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committee
23
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 4, 2013 - Transportation committee Vote

S4140
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committee
19
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S4140 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6172
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง502, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S5904A, A8803A

S4140 - Bill Texts

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Requires applicants for the renewal of a driver's license to prove they have acceptable vision to operate a motor vehicle.

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BILL NUMBER:S4140

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to requiring applicants for the renewal of a driver's license
to complete a vision test

PURPOSE: To require applicants for the renewal of a driver's license
to submit proof of acceptable vision to operate a motor vehicle.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 502 of
the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by section 3 of part K of
chapter 59 of the laws of 2009.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill would codify New York State Department of
Motor Vehicles policy to require people applying to renew their
driver's license to certify that they have adequate vision that would
allow them to properly operate a motor vehicle.

New York State has over 11 million licensed drivers on the road. If
two percent of those drivers failed an eye exam, that would translate
into hundreds of thousands of seeing impaired drivers on our roads
statewide.

This bill will ensure an atmosphere that is safe for our motorists. It
is a common sense measure that will work to achieve those ends.

Such proof of acceptable vision shall require the applicant either to
take a vision test administered at a DMV office or submit a
certification signed by a physician, physician assistant, nurse
practitioner, optometrist or optician attesting that the applicant has
adequate vision to operate a motor vehicle.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.5904- Referred to Transportation /
A.8803 Referred to Transportation 2011: S.5904 - Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4140

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 12, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in  relation  to  requiring
  applicants  for the renewal of a driver's license to complete a vision
  test

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 502 of the vehi-
cle and traffic law, as amended by section 3 of part K of chapter 59  of
the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
  (a)  A  license  issued  pursuant  to subdivision five of this section
shall be valid until the expiration date contained thereon, unless  such
license  is suspended, revoked or cancelled. Such license may be renewed
by submission of an application for renewal, the fee prescribed by  law,
proofs  of  prior licensing, fitness and acceptable vision prescribed by
the  commissioner,  the  applicant's  social  security  number,  and  if
required  by  the  commissioner  a  photo image of the applicant in such
numbers and form as the commissioner shall prescribe.    SUCH  PROOF  OF
ACCEPTABLE  VISION  SHALL  REQUIRE  THE  APPLICANT TO PASS A VISION TEST
ADMINISTERED BY THE COMMISSIONER OR HIS OR HER AGENT,  OR  TO  SUBMIT  A
CERTIFICATION, SIGNED BY A PHYSICIAN, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, NURSE PRACTI-
TIONER,  OPTOMETRIST  OR  OPTICIAN,  ATTESTING  THAT  THE  APPLICANT HAS
ADEQUATE VISION TO OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE AS DETERMINED BY THE  COMMIS-
SIONER.  In addition, an applicant for renewal of a license containing a
hazardous material endorsement shall pass an examination to retain  such
endorsement.  The  commissioner  shall, with respect to the renewal of a
hazardous materials endorsement, comply with  the  requirements  imposed
upon  states  by sections 383.141 and 1572.13 of title 49 of the code of
federal regulations. A renewal of such license shall be  issued  by  the
commissioner  upon  approval  of  such  application, except that no such
license shall be issued if its issuance would be inconsistent  with  the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05527-01-3

S. 4140                             2

provisions  of  section  five  hundred sixteen of this title, and except
that the commissioner may refuse to renew such license if the  applicant
is  the holder of a currently valid or renewable license to drive issued
by another state or foreign country unless the applicant surrenders such
license.
  S  2.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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