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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to transportation|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to transportation|
senate Bill S489
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
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- Passed Senate
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- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S489 - Details
S489 - Summary
Requires vehicles equipped with wheelchair lifts to have safety belts that are used to secure individuals in wheelchairs while being lifted from or into a vehicle.
S489 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S489 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to wheelchair transfer safety PURPOSE: Any vehicle that is equipped with a wheelchair lift shall also be equipped with a safety belt that shall be used to secure individuals in wheel chairs while they are being lifted from or into such vehicle. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended as defined in the bill. JUSTIFICATION: Recent fatal accidents involving wheelchair bound individuals being improperly transferred from vehicles without the use of a safety belt have brought attention to the issue of wheelchair transfer safety. Ninety-year-old Nancy Deffaa was wheelchair bound. She fell from a transportation vehicle for wheelchairs after being placed in the open doorway of the vehicle without a safety belt. She fell from her wheelchair to the ground breaking bones in both her legs and arms. After two weeks of severe pain Nancy Deffaa died. Volunteer or municipal ambulances, invalid coaches, and any motor vehicle intended
S489 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 489 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- 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 wheelchair transfer safety THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new subdivision 52 to read as follows: 52. ANY VEHICLE THAT IS EQUIPPED WITH A WHEELCHAIR LIFT SHALL ALSO BE EQUIPPED WITH A SAFETY BELT THAT SHALL BE USED TO SECURE INDIVIDUALS IN WHEELCHAIRS WHILE THEY ARE BEING LIFTED FROM OR INTO SUCH VEHICLE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02046-01-3
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