senate Bill S725

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Requires passengers on school buses equipped with seat belts to wear such belts when the bus is in motion

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Transportation Committee

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2023 referred to transportation

S725 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§1229-c & 1229-d, V & T L; amd §§3623, 3635-a & 3813, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A7837
2011-2012: A3094, A9011
2013-2014: A3845
2015-2016: A2310
2017-2018: S4743, A4390
2019-2020: S2433, A3827
2021-2022: S1403, A1823

S725 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides that all passengers of school buses must wear seat belts; exempts school bus attendants and others acting in a supervisory capacity from such requirement; requires that drivers announce "Everybody fasten your seat belts" before a school bus is placed in motion; empowers the commissioner of education to enforce such provisions (view more) assigns a school bus attendant to each special needs student unable to comply with the seat belt requirement.

S725 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S725 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                              January 6, 2023
 Introduced  by  Sen. SERRANO -- 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 and the  education  law,  in
   relation to requiring the usage of seat safety belts on school buses
   Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of  section  1229-c  of  the
 vehicle  and traffic law, as amended by chapter 448 of the laws of 2015,
 is amended to read as follows:
   (a) "motor  vehicle"  shall  include  all  motor  vehicles  which  are
 required  by section three hundred eighty-three of this chapter or regu-
 lation or would be required if such motor vehicle were registered in New
 York state to be equipped [by a safety belt but shall not include]  WITH
 SEAT  BELTS, INCLUDING those vehicles which are used as school buses, as
 such term is defined in section one hundred forty-two  of  this  chapter
 INCLUDE those vehicles which are authorized emergency vehicles, as  such
 term  is  defined  in section one hundred one of this chapter, provided,
 however, that for purposes of this section, "motor vehicle"  shall  also
 include fire vehicles owned and/or operated by a fire company as defined
 by  subdivision  two of section one hundred of the general municipal law
 and ambulances owned and/or operated by a voluntary ambulance service as
 defined by subdivision three of  section  one  hundred  of  the  general
 municipal law;
   §  2. Subdivision 11 of section 1229-c of the vehicle and traffic law,
 as added by chapter 653 of the laws of 1989 and as renumbered by chapter
 104 of the laws of 1991, is amended and a new subdivision 11-a is  added
 to read as follows:
   11.  [Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of  subdivision  four  of this
 section, no] NO person shall operate a school bus unless SUCH PERSON  IS
 REASONABLY SURE THAT all passengers under the age of four are restrained
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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