Requires passenger cabs be inspected for unsafe carbon monoxide levels and requires information on the warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning to be distributed with each operator's license, issued or renewed.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to carbon monoxide poisoning
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require safety inspections include a check of the exhaust system for the purposes of ensuring that carbon monoxide levels in the cab of the vehicle have not reached unsafe levels in excess of 70 ppm. This bill also ensures education against dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning to be given at the time of a new or renewal of a driver's license.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subparagraph (a) of paragraph 1 of subdivision (c) of section 301 of the vehicle and traffic law to include a safety inspection of an exhaust system for the purposes of ensuring that carbon monoxide levels in the cab of the vehicle has not reached unsafe levels in excess of 70ppm.
Section 2 amends the vehicle and traffic law by adding a new section 397-c: the Commissioner in consultation with the chair of the consumer protection board, shall prepare and distribute with each operator's license, whether issued or renewed, a pamphlet on the warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and the appropriate actions to be taken to prevent such accidental poisoning.
JUSTIFICATION: Carbon monoxide has been called the "silent killer." Due to its odorless nature, victims are not aware of the danger around them. Carbon monoxide education and safety inspections are not currently required. This bill addresses both the mechanical and educational component of this issue. It tries to protect the consumer by requiring a safety inspection of C02 emissions. Further, it tries to educate the consumer on the warning signs and actions to take to prevent poisoning.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.2079 Referred to Transportation 2008: A.1732A Referred to Transportation 2006: A.1031 Referred to Transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall become a law, with provision.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1059 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- 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 carbon monoxide poisoning THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph (a) of paragraph 1 of subdivision (c) of section 301 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by section 5 of part V1 of chapter 62 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows: (a) A safety inspection shall be made with respect to the brakes; steering mechanism; wheel alignment; lights, including but not limited to the lights which are designed and placed on a vehicle for the purpose of illuminating the vehicle's license plates; odometer; tire pressure; seat safety belts; shoulder harness safety belts; EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR THE PURPOSES OF ENSURING THAT CARBON MONOXIDE LEVELS IN THE CAB OF THE VEHI- CLE HAVE NOT REACHED UNSAFE LEVELS IN EXCESS OF 70 PARTS PER MILLION and such other mechanisms and equipment as shall be determined by the commissioner to be necessary for proper and safe operations. Such inspection shall also be made with respect to vehicle identification number. Upon inspection, the mileage appearing on the odometer shall be recorded upon the inspection sticker. S 2. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section 397-c to read as follows: S 397-C. EDUCATION AGAINST DANGERS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CHAIR OF THE CONSUMER PROTECTION BOARD, SHALL PREPARE AND DISTRIBUTE WITH EACH OPERATOR'S LICENSE, WHETH- ER ISSUED OR RENEWED, A PAMPHLET ON THE WARNING SIGNS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING AND THE APPROPRIATE ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN TO PREVENT SUCH ACCI- DENTAL POISONING.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02179-01-1 S. 1059 2
S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate- ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.