Requires automobile dealers display a fuel economy label on all new vehicles.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to requiring automobile dealers display a "Gallons-Per-Mile (GPM) Fuel Savings Guide"
PURPOSE: To require that automobile dealers in New York State display a "Gallons-Per-Mile (GPM) Fuel Savings Guide."
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Adds a new section 3-0319 to the environmental conservation law to require automobile dealers to display a "GallonsPer-Mile (GPM) Fuel Savings Guide." Such guide shall set forth Milesper-Gallon (MPG) in increments, the average number of gallons the vehicle is expected to use when traveling a distance of one thousand miles, and the cost savings between vehicles. Penalties are imposed upon those who violate subdivision 3 of this section.
JUSTIFICATION: Gallons per thousand miles driven is a much more useful means of measuring fuel efficiency than the current miles per gallon standard is. The new standard will enable a vehicle purchaser to compare fuel efficiency among various models of automobiles more easily. It will also allow a consumer to know accurately-at a glance-the cost of operating a vehicle over one thousand miles. Additionally, it will enable environmentally-conscious consumers to identify the relative environmental impact of different vehicles.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill in the Assembly; Same as S6141B of 2009 (Squadron).
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: January first next succeeding the date it shall have become a law; provided, however, that subdivision 4 of section 3-0319 of the environmental conservation law, as added by section two of this act, shall take effect one year after such effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 9132--B 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY September 4, 2009 ___________Introduced by M. of A. KAVANAGH -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Environmental Conservation -- recommitted to the Committee on Environmental Conservation in accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- again reported from said commit- tee with amendments, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to requiring automobile dealers display a "Gallons-Per-Mile (GPM) Fuel Savings Guide" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. It is the purpose of this act to encourage the purchase of more efficient vehicles through the provision of clear and accessible information to the public regarding cost savings and fuel usage comparisons between vehicles by emphasizing the gallons of gasoline used by a vehicle rather than the number of miles driven. S 2. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new section 3-0319 to read as follows: S 3-0319. CONSUMER FUEL CONSUMPTION INFORMATION. 1. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DEVELOP A MODEL SIGN WHICH PROVIDES CONSUMER FUEL CONSUMPTION INFORMATION. THE MODEL SIGN SHALL BE ENTITLED "GALLONS-PER-MILE (GPM) FUEL SAVINGS GUIDE". THE MODEL SIGN AND INFORMA- TION REGARDING POSTING REQUIREMENTS SHALL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DEPART- MENT'S WEBSITE. 2. THE "GALLONS-PER-MILE (GPM) FUEL SAVINGS GUIDE" SIGN SHALL BEAR THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: (A) THE TITLE HEADING "GALLONS-PER-MILE (GPM) FUEL SAVINGS GUIDE" WITH A SUBTITLE HEADING "WHY USE GPM?"; (B) AN EXPLANATION OF HOW TO CALCULATE GPM AND THE PURPOSE OF THE GPM MEASUREMENT;EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14603-08-0 A. 9132--B 2
(C) A CHART WITH FOUR COLUMNS INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: (I) MILES-PER-GALLON (MPG) FROM TEN MPG TO FIFTY MPG IN INCREMENTS OF FIVE; (II) THE CORRESPONDING GALLONS PER ONE THOUSAND MILES; (III) THE COST OF FUEL PER ONE THOUSAND MILES BASED ON THE MOST RECENT UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S FUEL ECONOMY GUIDE PRICE OF GAS; (IV) THE INCREMENTAL SAVINGS PER ONE THOUSAND MILES AS COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS INCREMENT, BASED ON THE MOST RECENT UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S FUEL ECONOMY GUIDE PRICE OF GAS; (D) SUCH OTHER INFORMATION AS THE DEPARTMENT DEEMS NECESSARY, INCLUD- ING APPROPRIATE DISCLAIMERS. 3. AUTOMOBILE DEALERS THAT OFFER FOR SALE OR LEASE NEW PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLES SHALL DISPLAY THE "GALLONS-PER-MILE (GPM) FUEL SAVINGS GUIDE" ON A SIGN NOT LESS THAN EIGHTEEN INCHES BY TWENTY-FOUR INCHES IN SIZE WITH FONT OF A SIZE NOT LESS THAN ONE INCH IN HEIGHT. THE SIGN SHALL BE DISPLAYED IN A PROMINENT AND CONSPICUOUS LOCATION INSIDE THE DEALERSHIP. 4. ANY AUTOMOBILE DEALER WHO VIOLATES SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION, SHALL UPON THE FIRST VIOLATION BE PROVIDED A WRITTEN WARNING, AND SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL PENALTY OF NOT MORE THAN FIFTY DOLLARS FOR A SECOND VIOLATION AND NOT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS FOR A THIRD AND ANY SUBSEQUENT VIOLATION. S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date upon which it shall have become a law; provided, however, that subdivision 4 of section 3-0319 of the environmental conservation law, as added by section two of this act, shall take effect one year after such effective date.