Directs the commissioner of transportation of the city of New York to develop a program on dangers of prostitution and legal consequences thereof, required to be completed by commercial passenger drivers as a condition of licensure and renewal of licensing.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring a sex crime safety program for commercial passenger drivers
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require the Taxi and Limousine Commission to develop a program that would teach drivers about the current trends and dangers in the sex trafficking industry, including but not limited to the legal ramifications of knowingly transporting prostitutes for the purpose of aiding in the act of prostitution.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends the Administrative Code of the City of New York by adding a new section 19-538. This new section creates a sex crime education program for anyone applying for or renewing a license with the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
JUSTIFICATION: Prostitution along Roosevelt Avenue in Queens has been a problem for decades despite numerous crackdowns by police. Many times, these prostitutes are shuttled unknowingly by taxi cabs and other livery cars. In order to begin to eradicate this problem, it is necessary to raise awareness of the problem among various sectors of the public including cab drivers. This is just one step in the right direction so that one day Roosevelt Avenue can be a modern, thriving, urban commercial district.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.5397
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Six months after it becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 112 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. PERALTA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring a sex crime safety program for commercial passenger drivers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 19-538 to read as follows: S 19-538 SEX CRIME EDUCATION PROGRAM. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEVELOP A PROGRAM THAT WILL EDUCATE DRIVERS OF TAXICABS, COACHES, WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE VANS, COMMUTER VANS AND FOR-HIRE VEHICLES ON THE DANGERS OF PROSTITUTION AND THE LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS OF TRAFFICKING PROSTITUTES. COMPLETION OF SUCH PROGRAM BY SUCH DRIVERS SHALL BE A REQUIREMENT FOR INITIAL LICENSURE AND SUBSEQUENT LICENSE RENEWAL. S 2. This act shall take effect six months after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00325-01-3