Provides that the maximum vehicle length for special use buses shall be forty-eight feet and its wall-to-wall turning diameter shall not exceed ninety feet three inches.
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): Duane
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the maximum vehicle length
PURPOSE: This legislation would extend the maximum vehicle length for a special use, non-fixed route bus that is operating in New York State from 45 feet to 49 and 1/2 feet.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends paragraph c of subdivision 3 of section 385 of the vehicle and traffic law as amended by chapter 493 of the laws of 2003 to extend the length of buses and coaches from forty five feet to forty nine and one half feet.
JUSTIFICATION: Current New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law does not allow for the operation of a special use, non-fixed route bus that exceeds 45 feet in length. No exemptions are provided for the statutory length restrictions.
Technological advances in manufacturing these vehicles have rendered the 45 foot maximum obsolete. The extended length also provides an environmental benefit. The 49 and 1/2 feet buses can transport more passengers on one vehicle, saving on fuel and emissions.
The legislation also states that these special use, non-fixed route buses will only be allowed the 49 and 1/2 feet length if they have successfully completed, a New York State Department of Transportation administered, full safety review and its wall-to-wall turning diameter shall not exceed ninety feet three inches.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Similar to S.8452 of 2010
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 999--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARCELLINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the maximum vehicle length THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 3 of section 385 of the vehi- cle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 493 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows: (c) The length of buses having a carrying capacity of more than seven passengers shall not exceed forty-five feet, except that the length of articulated buses shall not exceed sixty-two feet AND THE LENGTH OF A SPECIAL USE, NON-FIXED ROUTE BUS THAT HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTERED FULL SAFETY REVIEW, SHALL NOT EXCEED FORTY-NINE AND ONE-HALF FEET AND ITS WALL-TO-WALL TURN- ING DIAMETER SHALL NOT EXCEED NINETY FEET THREE INCHES. A house coach shall not exceed forty-five feet in length, provided however, that if a house coach exceeds forty feet in length, its wall-to-wall turning diam- eter shall not exceed ninety feet three inches and moreover, such house coach shall have permanently affixed to its body on the front passenger side door jamb, a data-plate on which the house coach manufacturer indi- cates the vehicle identification number and wall-to-wall turning diam- eter and attests to the fact that the wall-to-wall turning diameter is calculated in accordance with the Society of Automotive Engineers J-695 Standard as such standard existed on June first, two thousand three, regarding turning capability. In the event such a house coach exceeds either twenty-six thousand pounds gross vehicle weight rating, is great- er than forty feet in length or exceeds both, the operator of such houseEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04432-05-1 S. 999--A 2
coach must have a driver's license with a personal use vehicle endorse- ment as set forth in subparagraph (vii) of paragraph (b) of subdivision two of section five hundred one of
[the]this chapter. This provision shall not apply to any city not wholly included within one county except such house coaches and fifth wheel trailers used for non-commercial purposes may be operated on that portion of interstate ninety-five which connects interstate two hundred eighty-seven with interstate two hundred ninety-five, that portion of interstate two hundred ninety-five which connects interstate ninety-five with interstate four hundred ninety-five and that portion of interstate four hundred ninety-five between inter- state ninety-five and the Nassau-Queens county line. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.