Relates to the registration of certain motor vehicles.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to registration of certain motor vehicles
PURPOSE: To remove the maximum weight cap on vehicles for disabled veterans currently exempt from motor vehicle registration fees.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Removes the maximum gross weight cap for disabled veterans' vehicles currently exempt from registration fees.
Section 2. Enacting clause.
EXISTING LAW: Disabled veterans' vehicles exempt from registration fees have a maximum weight cap of sixty-five hundred pounds, well below the weight of vehicles like the Chevrolet Express, Ford E Van, and the Dodge Ram Van.
JUSTIFICATION: According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of July 2010, about 2.8 million or 13% of all veterans reported service-connected disabilities. While not all of these disabilities were physical, this statistic underscores the need to ensure that these men and women are able to enjoy the mobility necessary to maintain employment and participate in society. For this reason, New York State long ago made the choice to exempt disabled veterans from vehicle registration fees, decreasing the overall cost of access to mobility.
Unfortunately, the Vehicle and Traffic Law currently has a cap on the maximum weight of 6,500 pounds for disabled veterans' passenger cars exempt from motor vehicle registration fees. This is a problem because individuals with disabilities often require larger motor vehicles. This means larger minivans, sports utility vehicles, or pickup trucks, which have larger doors and are better able to accommodate ramps or lifts and promote access. These modifications also contribute to more weight on the vehicles.
This portion of law was last updated in 1983 - close to three decades ago, when cars were smaller, had less powerful motors, and much lower overall weight. Today, most larger or heavy duty vehicles are over the 6,500 gross weight mark. For instance, the Ford F-150 is 8,800 pounds, the Dodge Ram ST is 6,700 pounds, and the Chevy 1500LS is 6,800 pounds, all well above the weight cap. And this is without any disability modifications.
Disabled veterans may purchase these vehicles expecting to be exempt from registration fees, only to find that they must pay additional money out-of-pocket. This is a disservice to men and women that have given more than most in the line of duty. For this reason, this legislation lifts the aforementioned registration fee exemption weight cap entirely.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.6067 Referred to Transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 105 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- 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, in relation to registration of certain motor vehicles THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph c of subdivision 6 of section 401 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 734 of the laws of 1983, is amended to read as follows: c. The provisions of this subdivision with respect to the payment of registration fees shall not apply to a passenger or suburban type motor vehicle or the provisions of subdivision seven of this section with respect to the payment of registration fees shall additionally not apply to any auto truck or light delivery car
[having a maximum gross weight of less than sixty-five hundred pounds]which is used exclusively for passengers and owned by any disabled veteran of the armed forces of the United States who has obtained such motor vehicle under and pursuant to the provisions of public law number six hundred sixty-three, seventy- ninth congress, and public law number seven hundred ninety-eight, eight- y-first congress and public law number one hundred eighty-seven, eight- y-second congress or any comparable motor vehicle which is bought or acquired to replace such original motor vehicle owned by such disabled veteran. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01977-01-3