Authorizes the commissioner of motor vehicles to suspend the drivers licenses and vehicle registrations of persons who fail to appear before or pay fines to the New York city taxi and limousine commission; directs the New York city taxi and limousine commission to notify the commissioner of motor vehicles of persons who fail to appear before or pay fines to such commission; and requires any suspension of a driver's license or registration shall not take effect less than thirty days from the day upon which notice is sent to person whose driver's license or vehicle registration are to be suspended.
Ayes (6): Lanza, DeFrancisco, Grisanti, Robach, Avella, Oppenheimer
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to suspending certain licenses for failure to answer appearance tickets or pay fines to the New York city taxi and limousine commission
PURPOSE: This bill authorizes the commissioner of motor vehicles to suspend the licenses of persons who fail to appear or pay fines to the New York city taxi limousine commission.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section amends subdivision b of section 19-528 of the administrative code of the city of New York by adding a new paragraph 4. The commissioner of motor vehicles may Suspend the driver's license privileges of a person who has failed to appear within 120 days of the issuance of violation. This suspension shall take effect no less than 30 days from the day Upon which notice is sent by the commissioner to the person whose driver's license or registration are to be suspended.
JUSTIFICATION: The City of New York is owed $97 million in fines that have not been collected on vans, livery cabs and other vehicles regulated by the Taxi Limousine Commission (NEW YORK POST, November 26, 2003, pg. 2.). These fines have gone uncollected for a period of 13 years according to an audit by the City Comptroller's office. Licenses are currently renewed without fines being paid.
This bill puts and end to this practice by allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend licenses of those drivers who fail to pay their fines.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2130 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 18, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. KRUGER -- 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 suspending certain licenses for failure to answer appear- ance tickets or pay fines to the New York city taxi and limousine commission THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision b of section 19-528 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new paragraph 4 to read as follows: 4. TO NOTIFY THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES WHEN THE COMMISSION OR ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL THEREOF FINDS A PERSON HAS FAILED TO APPEAR WITHIN ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY DAYS OF THE RETURN DATE OR A NEW SUBSE- QUENT AND ADJOURNED DATE, PURSUANT TO AN APPEARANCE TICKET CHARGING SUCH PERSON WITH A VIOLATION OF THIS TITLE, OR ANY RULE OR REGULATION PROMUL- GATED UNDER THIS TITLE, PROHIBITING THE OPERATION OF A TAXICAB OR LIVERY WITHOUT A LICENSE ISSUED BY THE COMMISSION OR WITH A LICENSE ISSUED BY THE COMMISSION WHICH HAS BEEN SUSPENDED OR REVOKED, OR THE FAILURE TO PAY A FINE IMPOSED BY THE COMMISSION. THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES OR HIS OR HER AGENT MAY SUSPEND THE DRIVER'S LICENSE OR PRIVILEGES OF SUCH PERSON AND REGISTRATION OF SUCH VEHICLE PENDING RECEIPT OF NOTICE FROM THE COMMISSION OR ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL THEREOF THAT SUCH PERSON HAS APPEARED IN RESPONSE TO SUCH APPEARANCE TICKET OR HAS PAID SUCH FINE. SUCH SUSPENSION SHALL TAKE EFFECT NO LESS THAN THIRTY DAYS FROM THE DAY UPON WHICH NOTICE THEREOF IS SENT BY SUCH COMMISSIONER TO THE PERSON WHOSE DRIVER'S LICENSE OR PRIVILEGES, OR WHOSE VEHICLE REGISTRA- TION ARE TO BE SUSPENDED. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06514-01-1