Provides for the issuance of distinctive license plates for members of the clergy by the department of motor vehicles which shall be issued upon registration of such motor vehicle.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to providing for distinctive license plates for members of the clergy
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide members of the clergy with distinctive license plates bearing the word "Clergy".
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 Amends the Vehicle and Traffic Law by adding a new Section 404-x. Provides that members of the clergy, who are duly appointed chaplains, upon request, be issued a license plate bearing the word "Clergy" and that this plate be issued upon payment of the regular registration fee.
Section 2 - Effective Date
EXISTING LAW: A distinctive license plate for clergy is not included in the section of the Vehicle and Traffic Law providing for such licenses plates.
JUSTIFICATION: Clergy who are called to visit hospitals, jails, nursing homes or homebound seniors often find it difficult or impossible to park. In order to perform their pastoral duties they need reasonable access to those places. These plates would provide notification to any law enforcement personnel that the car owner is a member of the clergy. The "Clergy" license plate will not enable the holder to violate any local parking or traffic regulations.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.302 - Referred to Transportation/A.2386 Referred to Transportation 2011: S.302 - Defeated in Transportation/A.2386 Referred to Transportation 2009-10: S.1982 - Referred to Transportation/A.3064 Referred to Transportation 2008: A.10784 - Referred to Transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 262 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 vehicle and traffic law, in relation to providing for distinctive license plates for members of the clergy THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section 404-x to read as follows: S 404-X. DISTINCTIVE PLATES FOR MEMBERS OF THE CLERGY. 1. ANY MEMBER OF THE CLERGY RESIDING IN THIS STATE SHALL, UPON REQUEST, BE ISSUED A LICENSE PLATE BEARING THE WORD "CLERGY". APPLICATION FOR SAID LICENSE PLATE SHALL BE FILED WITH THE COMMISSIONER IN SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE. 2. THE DISTINCTIVE PLATE AUTHORIZED BY THIS SECTION SHALL BE ISSUED UPON PROOF, SATISFACTORY TO THE COMMISSIONER, THAT THE APPLICANT IS A MEMBER OF THE CLERGY INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DULY ORDAINED CHAPLAINS. 3. A DISTINCTIVE PLATE ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE ISSUED IN THE SAME MANNER AS OTHER NUMBER PLATES UPON PAYMENT OF THE REGULAR REGISTRATION FEE PRESCRIBED BY SECTION FOUR HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00515-01-3