Relates to requiring safety enclosures for motor buses used in mass transportation.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the transportation law, in relation to requiring safety enclosures for motor buses used in mass transportation
PURPOSE: To require that mass transit buses install enclosures for the protection the driver by passengers who embark and disembark from the bus.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends the transportation law by adding a new subdivision 7-a. It Requires the commissioner to require all buses used in mass transportation to install a safety enclosure for bus drivers.
Section 2. Effective Date
JUSTIFICATION: Due to the number of felonious assaults on bus drivers throughout the state of New York the legislature has seen fit to elevate the level of the criminal offenses to a felony when committed against a mass transit worker while they are in the performance of their duties.
A review of this technology reveals that there are state-of-the-art enclosures in use on several mass transit systems and that in cities with populations of 1 million or more there is a tremendous concern on the part of bus drivers. Assuming the viability of these high-tech enclosures bus drivers will be better protected against random acts of violence which have been directed at bus drivers.
EXISTING LAW: None.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.7143-Referred to Transportation/A.9852 - Referred to Transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: On the thirtieth day after it shall become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 21 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. DIAZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the transportation law, in relation to requiring safety enclosures for motor buses used in mass transportation THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 140 of the transportation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7-a to read as follows: 7-A. THE COMMISSIONER, BY RULE OR REGULATION, SHALL REQUIRE ALL MOTOR BUSES USED IN MASS TRANSPORTATION, TO HAVE INSTALLED A SAFETY ENCLOSURE TO PROTECT BUS DRIVERS FROM ASSAULT OR INJURY CAUSED BY PASSENGERS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediately, 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.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00994-01-3