Excludes farm tractors and self propelled machines used primarily for agricultural purposes from certain requirements for motor vehicles relating to registration and licensing of drivers, and financial security.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to farm tractors and self propelled machines used primarily for agricultural purposes
PURPOSE: Address the definition of a motor vehicle as it relates to farm tractors and agricultural equipment to allow farmers to aid distressed motorists.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 125 and 311 of the Vehicle and Traffic law are amended to change the existing exemption for vehicles under titles four and five as they relate to farm tractors and self-propelled farm equipment from those tractors used exclusively for agricultural purposes to those that are used primarily for agricultural purposes.
EXISTING LAW: Under the existing law only tractors used exclusively fox agricultural purposes are exempt from the provisions of titles four and five of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
JUSTIFICATION: Countless motorists across the state are regularly aided by farmers in times of distress. Particularly on rural roads in the wintertime, farmers Use tractors and self-propelled farm equipment to aid motorists by pulling cars out of snowbanks during poor weather. Unfortunately, utilizing a farm tractor to assist another citizen is not an agricultural use, meaning the equipment is no longer used exclusively for agricultural purposes. The result is that farmers using tractors in such a manner need to face costly registration requirements. Additionally, should they fail to register their farm tractors, farmers could be held liable under certain circumstances because the tractor was not registered.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011,2012: S.792 Referred to Transportation 2009,2010: S.2436 Referred to Transportation 2008: S.5679A/A.8179A Referred to Transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2241 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 15, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. YOUNG -- 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 farm trac- tors and self propelled machines used primarily for agricultural purposes THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 125 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 365 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: S 125. Motor vehicles. Every vehicle operated or driven upon a public highway which is propelled by any power other than muscular power, except (a) electrically-driven mobility assistance devices operated or driven by a person with a disability, (a-1) electric personal assistive mobility devices operated outside a city with a population of one million or more, (b) vehicles which run only upon rails or tracks, (c) snowmobiles as defined in article forty-seven of this chapter, and (d) all terrain vehicles as defined in article forty-eight-B of this chap- ter. For the purposes of title four of this chapter, the term motor vehicle shall exclude fire and police vehicles other than ambulances. For the purposes of titles four and five of this chapter the term motor vehicles shall exclude farm type tractors USED PRIMARILY FOR AGRICUL- TURAL PURPOSES and all terrain type vehicles used exclusively for agri- cultural purposes, or for snow plowing, other than for hire, farm equip- ment, including self-propelled machines used
[exclusively]PRIMARILY in growing, harvesting or handling farm produce, and self-propelled cater- pillar or crawler-type equipment while being operated on the contract site. S 2. Subdivision 2 of section 311 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 228 of the laws of 1983, is amended to read as follows:EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06845-01-3 S. 2241 2
2. The term "motor vehicle" shall be defined as in section one hundred twenty-five of this chapter, except that it shall also include trailers, semi-trailers and tractors other than tractors used
[exclusively]PRIMA- RILY for agricultural purposes, and shall exclude fire and police vehi- cles, farm equipment, including self-propelled machines used [exclusive- ly]PRIMARILY in growing, harvesting or handling farm produce, tractors used [exclusively]PRIMARILY for agricultural purposes, or for snow plowing other than for hire, and self-propelled caterpillar or crawler- type equipment while being operated on the contract site. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.