senate Bill S7765

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to the requirement for motor vehicle operators to clear accumulated snow and ice

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Jun 05, 2014 referred to transportation

S7765 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8882
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Add §1229-e, V & T L

S7765 - Bill Texts

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Requires motor vehicle operators to clear accumulated snow and ice from such vehicles when operating on a street or highway of the state; includes fines and exceptions.

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BILL NUMBER:S7765

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to requiring vehicles to be cleared of accumulated snow and
ice

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To facilitate safer roadways in the State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

§ 1: Creates a violation of the VTL for failing to remove accumulated
snow or ice from a motor vehicle where the snow or ice poses a threat
to persons or property while vehicle is being operated. Violators will
pay seventy five dollars.

Creates a violation of the VTL if accumulated snow or ice on a motor
vehicle causes injury or property damage. Noncommercial drivers are
subject to a fine between $200 and $1,000. Commercial drivers are
subject to a fine between $500 and $1,200.

Exceptions. These violations will not apply during a period of snow or
if the period began and continued during the operation of the vehicle,
when the vehicle is parked or to emergency vehicles.

§ 2: Effective Date

JUSTIFICATION:

Snow or ice falling from cars while on slick and busy roads can lead
to tragedy. The snow and ice could lead to impaired visibility and or
significant property damages such as, but not limited to, severely
cracked windshields. The two other tri-state area states, Connecticut
and New Jersey have passed laws requiring snow and ice be removed from
cars and it is time New York follows suit.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

None known.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This bill shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  7765

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 5, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  AVELLA -- 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  requiring
  vehicles to be cleared of accumulated snow and ice

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

  Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
section 1229-e to read as follows:
  S  1229-E.  CLEARANCE  OF ACCUMULATED SNOW AND ICE. 1. A MOTOR VEHICLE
OPERATOR SHALL REMOVE ACCUMULATED SNOW OR ICE  ON  SUCH  MOTOR  VEHICLE,
INCLUDING  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO  THE HOOD, TRUNK AND ROOF OF SUCH MOTOR
VEHICLE, BEFORE OPERATING THE MOTOR VEHICLE ON ANY STREET OR HIGHWAY  OF
THIS  STATE  IN ORDER TO NOT POSE A THREAT TO OTHER PERSONS OR PROPERTY.
ANY OPERATOR WHO VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE  FINED
SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS.
  2.  AN  OPERATOR  OF  A  NON-COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE WHO VIOLATES THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION WHERE SUCH VIOLATION RESULTS IN THE  PERSONAL
INJURY  OR  DAMAGE TO THE PROPERTY OF ANOTHER PERSON, SHALL BE FINED NOT
LESS THAN TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS NOR MORE THAN  ONE  THOUSAND  DOLLARS  FOR
EACH OFFENSE. AN OPERATOR OF A COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE WHO VIOLATES THE
PROVISIONS  OF THIS SECTION WHERE SUCH VIOLATION RESULTS IN THE PERSONAL
INJURY OR DAMAGE TO THE PROPERTY OF ANOTHER PERSON,  SHALL BE FINED  NOT
LESS  THAN  FIVE  HUNDRED  DOLLARS  NOR  MORE  THAN TWELVE HUNDRED FIFTY
DOLLARS FOR EACH OFFENSE.
  3. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY:
  (A) DURING A PERIOD OF SNOW OR ICE, IF SUCH PERIOD BEGAN AND CONTINUED
DURING THE TIME OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE'S OPERATION, OR
  (B) DURING THE TIME SUCH VEHICLE IS PARKED, OR
  (C) TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES AS DEFINED BY SECTION  ONE  HUNDRED  ONE  OF
THIS CHAPTER.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14121-01-4

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