assembly Bill A3498

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to drivers of buses, taxis and livery vehicles using hands-free mobile telephones

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to transportation
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A3498 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1225-c, V & T L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A5101

A3498 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits drivers of a bus, taxi or livery from using hands free mobile telephones and provides for certain exceptions.

A3498 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                  3498

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 29, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  PAULIN,  FAHY, SANTABARBARA -- read once and
  referred to the Committee on Transportation

AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to  drivers  of
  buses, taxis and livery vehicles using hands-free mobile telephones

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 1225-c of the vehicle and  traffic
law is amended by adding a new paragraph (e) to read as follows:
  (E)  NO  DRIVER OF A BUS, LIVERY OR TAXI SHALL USE A HANDS-FREE MOBILE
TELEPHONE WHILE OPERATING A MOVING BUS OR MOTOR VEHICLE  EXCEPT  IN  THE
CASE  OF  AN EMERGENCY PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION THREE OF
THIS SECTION OR IF SUCH HANDS-FREE MOBILE TELEPHONE IS USED FOR DISPATCH
OR IF THE BUS OR MOTOR VEHICLE IS PARKED, FOR PURPOSES OTHER THAN  DROP-
PING  OFF  OR  PICKING  UP  PASSENGERS, AT THE SIDE OF, OR OFF, A PUBLIC
HIGHWAY IN A LOCATION WHERE SUCH VEHICLE  IS  NOT  OTHERWISE  PROHIBITED
FROM  STOPPING BY LAW, RULE, REGULATION OR ANY LAWFUL ORDER OR DIRECTION
OF A POLICE OFFICER.
  § 2. Subdivision 3 of section 1225-c of the vehicle and  traffic  law,
as  added  by  chapter  69  of  the  laws of 2001, is amended to read as
follows:
  3. Subdivision two of this section shall not apply to (a) the use of a
mobile telephone for the sole purpose of communicating with any  of  the
following regarding an emergency situation: an emergency response opera-
tor;  a  hospital,  physician's  office  or  health clinic; an ambulance
company or corps; a fire department, district or company;  or  a  police
department, (b) any of the following persons while in the performance of
their  official duties: a police officer or peace officer; a member of a
fire department, district or company; or the operator of  an  authorized
emergency vehicle as defined in section one hundred one of this chapter,
or (c) the use of a hands-free mobile telephone, EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF A
DRIVER OPERATING A BUS, TAXI OR LIVERY.
  §  3.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law.