senate Bill S6529

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Allows wide-based single tires on certain vehicles

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Feb 03, 2014 referred to transportation

S6529 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9292
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §385, V & T L

S6529 - Bill Texts

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Allows wide-based single tires on certain vehicles.

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BILL NUMBER:S6529

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to allowing wide-based single tires on certain vehicles

PURPOSE: To allow vehicles equipped with wide based single tires the
ability to apply for divisible load permits.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends Vehicle and Traffic Law § 355(15)(f) by adding "or
equipped with wide based single tires on each side of the axle".

JUSTIFICATION: In, recent years, many motor carriers have migrated to
the use of "wide based single tires" in order to improve the fuel
efficiency of their vehicles. Tests conducted by the Environmental
Protection Agency show the use of "wide based single tires" has the
potential to improve fuel economy by 2 to 5 percent compared to
equivalent dual tires. By using "wide based single tires," a
combination truck could save over 400 gallons of fuel per year and cut
emissions of carbon dioxide by more than four metric tons annually.

Currently, state law requires that vehicles operating under a state
issued divisible load permit must be equipped with "two tires on each
side of the axle." Canada, Mexico and many states have recently
amended their laws to allow the use of "wide based single tires" on
similarly permitted vehicles.

Benefits to motor carriers include improved fuel economy, improved
handling, lower costs, reduced maintenance and improved safety due to
improved handling in all weather conditions. In addition, the
Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that motor carriers
utilize "wide based single tires" as part of their SmartWay Transport
Partnership program.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S5768 of 2011/2012

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred
eightieth day after it shall have become law.

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

                                  6529

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 3, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- 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  allowing
  wide-based single tires on certain vehicles

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

  Section 1. The third undesignated paragraph of paragraph (f) of subdi-
vision 15 of section 385 of the vehicle and traffic law, as  amended  by
section  4  of  part  C of chapter 59 of the laws of 2004, is amended to
read as follows:
  No vehicle having a model year of two thousand six or newer  shall  be
issued  a  permit  pursuant  to  this paragraph unless each axle of such
vehicle or combination of vehicles, other than  steerable  or  trackable
axles,  is equipped with two tires on each side of the axle, OR EQUIPPED
WITH WIDE-BASED SINGLE TIRES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AXLE, any air  pressure
controls  for  lift axles are located outside the cab of the vehicle and
are beyond the reach of occupants of the cab while  the  vehicle  is  in
motion,  the  weight on any grouping of two or more axles is distributed
such that no axle in the grouping carries less than  eighty  percent  of
any  other  axle  in  the grouping and any liftable axle is steerable or
trackable; and, further provided, after December thirty-first, two thou-
sand fourteen, no permit shall be issued pursuant to this paragraph to a
vehicle of any model year that does not meet the  requirements  of  this
provision,  except  that  such  permits  may  be issued prior to January
first, two thousand twenty to a vehicle that does not meet the  require-
ment  concerning  axle grouping weight distribution, but meets all other
requirements of this section.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00865-04-4

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