S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1446 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y January 10, 2011 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. MILLMAN -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to convex mirrors THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 1 Section 1. Section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by 2 adding a new subdivision 10-e to read as follows: 3 10-E. EVERY TRUCK, TRACTOR, AND TRACTOR-TRAILER OR SEMITRAILER COMBI- 4 NATION REGISTERED IN THIS STATE HAVING A GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING OF 5 TWENTY-SIX THOUSAND POUNDS OR MORE, AND A CONVENTIONAL CAB CONFIGURATION 6 IN WHICH MORE THAN HALF OF THE ENGINE LENGTH IS FORWARD OF THE FOREMOST 7 POINT OF THE WINDSHIELD BASE AND THE STEERING WHEEL HUB IS IN THE 8 FORWARD QUARTER OF THE VEHICLE LENGTH, WHENEVER OPERATED WITHIN A CITY 9 HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE ON HIGHWAYS OTHER THAN 10 CONTROLLED-ACCESS HIGHWAYS, SHALL BE EQUIPPED WITH A CONVEX MIRROR ON 11 THE FRONT OF SUCH VEHICLE OR COMBINATION OF VEHICLES. WHEN SUCH VEHICLE 12 OR COMBINATION OF VEHICLES IS BEING OPERATED, SUCH MIRROR SHALL BE 13 ADJUSTED SO AS TO ENABLE THE OPERATOR THEREOF TO SEE ALL POINTS ON AN 14 IMAGINARY HORIZONTAL LINE WHICH: (A) IS THREE FEET ABOVE THE ROAD, (B) 15 IS ONE FOOT DIRECTLY FORWARD FROM THE MIDPOINT OF THE FRONT OF SUCH 16 MOTOR VEHICLE, AND (C) EXTENDS THE FULL WIDTH OF THE FRONT OF SUCH VEHI- 17 CLE OR COMBINATION OF VEHICLES. PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THE COMMISSIONER, IN 18 CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION, MAY PROMULGATE 19 RULES AND REGULATIONS EXEMPTING FROM THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SUBDIVI- 20 SION ANY VEHICLE OR COMBINATION OF VEHICLES WHERE SUCH COMMISSIONER HAS 21 DETERMINED THAT THE USE OF SUCH CONVEX MIRRORS WOULD NOT INCREASE THE 22 VISIBILITY OF PERSONS OR OBJECTS LOCATED DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF SUCH VEHI- 23 CLE OR COMBINATION OF VEHICLES. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04922-01-1 A. 1446 2 1 S 2. This act shall be deemed repealed if any federal agency or any 2 court of competent jurisdiction finally determines that this act would 3 render New York state ineligible for the receipt of federal funds. 4 S 3. Severability. If any clause, sentence, subdivision, paragraph, 5 section or part of this act be adjudged by any court of competent juris- 6 diction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invali- 7 date the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to 8 the clause, sentence, subdivision, paragraph, section or part thereof 9 directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have 10 been rendered. 11 S 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after 12 it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate- 13 ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation 14 necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is 15 authorized to be made and completed on or before such effective date; 16 and provided that the commissioner of the department of transportation 17 shall notify the legislative bill drafting commission upon the occur- 18 rence of the provisions of section two of this act in order that the 19 commission may maintain an accurate data base of the official text of 20 the laws of the state of New York in furtherance of effecting the 21 provisions of section 44 of the legislative law and section 70-b of the 22 public officers law.