Exempts ambulance services from tolls on any highway, bridge, tunnel or other toll on toll roads within the state at any time.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to exemption of emergency service vehicles from thruway tolls
PURPOSE: The purpose of the legislation is to exempt both commercial and voluntary ambulance services from paying tolls on the New York State Thruway.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one: amends section 378-a of the public authorities law to authorize refunds for tolls on the New York State Thruway to a commercial ambulance service or a voluntary ambulance service, extending refunds to both emergency operations and the return route from such service.
Section two: provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: In many parts of the state, the New York State Thruway is the fastest and most direct route for ambulances to travel, not only to emergencies but also to local health care facilities. Ambulance services are struggling with increased costs, the declining economy, and inadequate Medicaid reimbursement. To require ambulance services to pay for Thruway tolls only exacerbates this problem, and often results in the patient being forced to pay for the added costs.
Section 378-a of the public authorities law directs the New York State Thruway to provide refunds for tolls to ambulance and fire vehicles in an emergency operation. This bill would extend refunds for the return routes of ambulance services and fire vehicles and expands ambulance services to include voluntary ambulance services.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.4469 of 2009-10
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect June 1, 2012.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2372--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 19, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. SEWARD, BONACIC, CARLUCCI, LARKIN, MAZIARZ, RANZEN- HOFER, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- recommitted to the Committee on Transportation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to exemption of emergency service vehicles from thruway tolls THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 378-a of the public authorities law, as added by chapter 23 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: 1. The authority is hereby authorized and directed to issue refunds for tolls incurred by
[ambulances]AMBULANCE SERVICE or fire vehicles engaged in an emergency operation, or, at the option of the authority, to issue emergency services permits for use by [ambulances]AMBULANCE SERVICE and fire vehicles which shall provide for travel at no charge between interchanges and barriers while such vehicles are engaged in an emergency operation. For purposes of this section, the term ["ambu- lance"]"AMBULANCE SERVICE" shall have the same meaning as such term is defined by [section one hundred-b of the vehicle and traffic law]SUBDI- VISION TWO OR THREE OF SECTION THREE THOUSAND ONE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, the term "fire vehicle" shall have the same meaning as such term is defined by section one hundred fifteen-a of the vehicle and traffic law, and the term "emergency operation" shall have the same meaning as such term is defined by section one hundred fourteen-b of the vehicle and traffic law, BUT FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE RETURN- ING FROM SUCH SERVICE. In any rules and regulations promulgated for the implementation of this section, the authority may establish the type of documentation or other proof satisfactory to the authority that anEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05835-02-2 S. 2372--A 2 [ambulance]AMBULANCE SERVICE or fire vehicle was engaged in an emergen- cy operation at the time a toll was incurred. S 2. This act shall take effect on the same date and in the same manner as chapter 23 of the laws of 2010, takes effect.