senate Bill S753

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to signs on school buses

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Mar 06, 2013 referred to transportation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 05, 2013 advanced to third reading
Mar 04, 2013 2nd report cal.
Feb 28, 2013 1st report cal.135
Jan 09, 2013 referred to transportation

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S753 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1344
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง375, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S4488A, A8174

S753 - Bill Texts

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Relates to signs on school buses; authorizes the commissioner of motor vehicles to promulgate any necessary rules and regulations.

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BILL NUMBER:S753

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to signs on school
buses

PURPOSE:
To allow school bus signs, that are currently required to be
illuminated, to be constructed with reflectorized TYPE III material.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 allows the required two "SCHOOL BUS" signs displayed on
school buses to be constructed with the reflectorized TYPE III
material. Additionally, this section states that the reflectorized
signs do not need to be illuminated during the period between
one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

Section 2 effective date.

EXISTING LAW:
Current law mandates two signs shall be conspicuously
displayed designating an omnibus as a school bus by the use of the
words "SCHOOL BUS" and creates standards for the size and color of
the text.
Additionally, current law requires that these signs be illuminated
one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

JUSTIFICATION:
Advancements in technology has made the illuminated
sign requirement on school buses obsolete. Existing technology for
Type III photo reflectorized coatings and graphics similar to those
used on traffic signs will allow for signs to be made economically,
with industry-standard materials and offer advantages beyond the
illuminated signs.

The current required illuminated signs are more expensive, both
initially and to maintain. The lights require additional wiring and
are no longer a standard item for manufacturers - New York is one of
only two states (Maine) that require this feature. Additionally,
these lights accumulate snow and ice and are often times found to be
the source of water leaks and leading to structural corrosion. Both
of these negative externalities can now be avoided with the use of
reflectorized coatings and graphics.

This technology will also allows the text to conform to the curved
shape of the bus design maintaining adequate visibility while
slightly improving aerodynamics.

The incorporation of photo-reflective materials, for the "SCHOOL BUS"
signs will enhance safety, while lowering purchasing and operating
costs for school districts.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-2012: Passed the Senate (S.4488A/A.8174)
2009-2010: Third Reading Calendar (S.8213)


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Estimated cost savings to school districts by
reducing the costs of new buses and bus maintenance.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred and
twentieth 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                   753

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. FUSCHILLO, DeFRANCISCO, GALLIVAN, LARKIN, MAZIARZ,
  PERKINS -- 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 signs on
  school buses

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

  Section 1. Subparagraph 1 of paragraph (b) and paragraph (c) of subdi-
vision  20 of section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law, subparagraph 1
of paragraph (b) as amended by chapter 242 of the laws of 1992 and para-
graph (c) as amended by chapter 96 of the laws of 1973, are amended  and
a new subparagraph (1-a) is added to paragraph (b) to read as follows:
  (1) In addition to such signal lamps, two signs shall be conspicuously
displayed  on  the  exterior  of  every such omnibus designating it as a
school omnibus by the use of the  words  "SCHOOL  BUS"  which  shall  be
painted  or  otherwise inscribed thereon in black letters.  Such letters
shall be of uniform size, at least eight  inches  in  height,  and  each
stroke  of  each  letter  shall be not less than one inch in width.  The
background of each such sign shall be painted OR  OTHERWISE  APPLIED  IN
the  color  known as "national school bus chrome." For each such omnibus
having a seating capacity in excess  of  fifteen  children,  such  signs
shall  be securely mounted on top of such vehicle, one of which shall be
affixed on the front and one on the rear thereof. For each such  omnibus
having  a seating capacity of not more than fifteen children, such signs
shall be securely mounted on top of such vehicle,  one  of  which  shall
face  the  front and one of which shall face the rear thereof. Each such
sign shall be visible and readable from a point  at  least  two  hundred
feet distant.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01345-01-3

S. 753                              2

  (1-A) ANY SIGN REQUIRED PURSUANT TO SUBPARAGRAPH ONE OF THIS PARAGRAPH
MAY  BE CONSTRUCTED WITH REFLECTORIZED TYPE III MATERIAL CONSISTENT WITH
49 CFR 571.131 S6.1 TABLE 1.
  (c)  In  the event such vehicle is operated on a public highway during
the period between one-half hour after sunset and one-half  hour  before
sunrise,  the  signs required by paragraph (b) of this subdivision shall
be illuminated as to be visible from a point at least five hundred  feet
distant, PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT IF A MATERIAL IS USED PURSUANT TO SUBPAR-
AGRAPH  ONE-A OF PARAGRAPH (B) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, NO SUCH ILLUMINATION
SHALL BE REQUIRED.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the  commissioner  of
motor vehicles is authorized to promulgate any necessary rules and regu-
lations for the implementation of this act.

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