S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 9, 2013
Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection
AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to rates charged
for rental vehicle refueling
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 396-z of the general business law is amended by
adding a new subdivision 16 to read as follows:
16. (A) NO RENTAL VEHICLE COMPANY, AS PART OF A RENTAL AGREEMENT,
SHALL CHARGE AN AUTHORIZED DRIVER A REFUELING RATE WHICH EXCEEDS THE
HIGHEST RETAIL PRICE OF GASOLINE CHARGED AT GASOLINE STATIONS OR CONVEN-
IENCE STORES WITHIN A ONE-HALF MILE RADIUS OF SUCH RENTAL VEHICLE COMPA-
NY. SUCH CHARGE MAY BE IMPOSED WHEN A RETURNED RENTAL VEHICLE'S GASO-
LINE TANK IS NOT FULL TO CAPACITY, BASED ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
DOCUMENTED READING OF SUCH MOTOR VEHICLE'S FUEL GAUGE OBTAINED AT THE
TIME SUCH MOTOR VEHICLE WAS DELIVERED OR PICKED UP BY SUCH AUTHORIZED
DRIVER, AND THE SUBSEQUENT FUEL GAUGE READING TAKEN AT THE TIME SUCH
RENTED MOTOR VEHICLE IS RETURNED TO THE RENTAL VEHICLE COMPANY.
(B) ANY VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE
SUBJECT TO A FINE OF FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER VIOLATION.
S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law; provided, however, that the amendments made to
section 396-z of the general business law by section one of this act
shall not affect the repeal and reversion of such section and shall be
deemed to be repealed therewith.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.