senate Bill S7448

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes the counties of Dutchess and Ulster to regulate the registration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles

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May 15, 2014 referred to local government

S7448 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9601
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §181, Gen Muni L; amd §498, V & T L

S7448 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the counties of Dutchess and Ulster to regulate the registration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles.

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BILL NUMBER:S7448

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law and the vehi-
cle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing the counties of Dutchess
and Ulster to regulate the registration and licensing of taxicabs,
limousines, and livery vehicles

PURPOSE: To amend the general municipal law and the vehicle and traffic
law, in relation to authorizing the counties of Dutchess and Ulster to
regulate the registration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and
livery vehicles.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends the general municipal law by authorizing Dutchess and
Ulster Counties to adopt local laws or ordinances regulating the regis-
tration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles.

Section two amends the vehicle and traffic law to include Dutchess and
Ulster Counties in the definition of Licensing Jurisdiction.

Section three provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation repeals a detrimental regulation on
small business owners who own livery companies in Dutchess and Ulster
Counties. Although the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission allows
our livery companies to operate in New York City, their privileges are
limited to counties who have entered into a reciprocal agreement with
the TLC. The privileges referenced in chapter 55 of the TLC handbook
state that companies transporting passengers between jurisdictions may
temporarily discharge and pick up passengers in New York City if all
stops occur within 24 hours. However, this rule does not give our local
businesses enough time to offer return services, nor does it offer fair
opportunity. In addition, it infringes on the rights of Hudson Valley
residents to choose to contract with local businesses that are licensed
car services. To expand the 24 hour limit, the law states that livery
companies must be from counties that have local regulation and reciproc-
ity agreements, and they must meet a population limit of at least one
million. While Dutchess and Ulster Counties do not meet this require-
ment, we found this law has been amended previously to accommodate Rock-
land and Suffolk Counties in chapters 385 and 382 of 2012. Our local
businesses have been proactive to negotiate terms with the TLC, but only
a legislative amendment will secure their future. These are small busi-
nesses that cannot afford to headquarter in New York City, and they want
to support our local economy, as well as our community. This bill
continues the trend of making New York State more business friendly by
allowing these businesses more flexibility to expand services in its
largest market area, increase tourism in the region, and employ more New
Yorkers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill. However, similar legislation
has been enacted for Rockland and Suffolk Counties. For reference please
see chapters 385 and 382 of 2012.

FISCAL. IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  7448

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

AN ACT to amend the general municipal law and the  vehicle  and  traffic
  law, in relation to authorizing the counties of Dutchess and Ulster to
  regulate  the  registration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and
  livery vehicles

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

  Section  1. Subdivision 1 of section 181 of the general municipal law,
as separately amended by chapters 382 and 385 of the laws  of  2012,  is
amended to read as follows:
  1. The registration and licensing of taxicabs and may limit the number
of taxicabs to be licensed and the county of Westchester may adopt ordi-
nances  regulating the registration and licensing of taxicabs and limou-
sines and may limit the number to be licensed; the county of Nassau  may
adopt ordinances regulating the registration of taxicabs and limousines;
and  the county of Suffolk may adopt ordinances regulating the registra-
tion of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles; [and] the  county  of
Rockland  may adopt local laws or ordinances regulating the registration
and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles and may limit
the number to be licensed; THE COUNTY OF DUTCHESS MAY ADOPT  LOCAL  LAWS
OR  ORDINANCES  REGULATING  THE  REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF TAXICABS,
LIMOUSINES, AND LIVERY VEHICLES AND MAY LIMIT THE NUMBER TO BE LICENSED;
AND THE COUNTY OF ULSTER MAY ADOPT LOCAL LAWS OR  ORDINANCES  REGULATING
THE REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF TAXICABS, LIMOUSINES, AND LIVERY VEHI-
CLES AND MAY LIMIT THE NUMBER TO BE LICENSED.
  S  2.  Paragraph  b of subdivision 1 of section 498 of the vehicle and
traffic law, as separately amended by chapters 382 and 385 of  the  laws
of 2012, is amended to read as follows:
  b. "Licensing jurisdiction" shall mean a city with a population of one
million  or  more,  or a county within New York state contiguous to such
city [or], the county of Suffolk [or], the county of Rockland, THE COUN-
TY OF DUTCHESS OR THE COUNTY OF ULSTER, that requires the issuance of  a
license,  permit,  registration,  certification  or other approval for a
vehicle to perform the pre-arranged pick up or drop off of one  or  more
passengers in such jurisdiction for compensation.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13345-02-4

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