Relates to prohibiting the use of certain products which obscure license plates.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to prohibiting the use of certain products which obscure license plates
Purpose: Prevents drivers from obscuring license plates with the intention of inhibiting the ability of technology to capture an image of such license plate.
Summary of Provisions: Section 1 amends the vehicle and traffic law by adding a new section 396a that reads: No motor vehicle license plate shall in any way be covered or obscured through the use of any product, device, or substance which prevents such license plate from being photographed or has the effect of inhibiting the ability of any technology to capture the image of such license plate. Section 1 also establishes a violation as a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of not less than $100.
Justification: A new market has emerged to obscure images by traffic/red light cameras used by municipalities to identify lawbreakers. These products include sprays and transparent license plate covers. A reflective glare is produced along the license plate frame in response to the flash from the traffic camera, preventing the technology from capturing the image of the license plate. The entire purpose of these products is to aid drivers in evading detection during traffic violations. Additionally, as some bridges, tunnels, and other tolled roadways shift to EZPASS or license plate identification tolling, this technology could be used to assist toll evaders.
Prior Legislative History: This is a new bill.
Effective Date: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3451 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 1, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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 prohibiting the use of certain products which obscure license plates 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 396-a to read as follows: S 396-A. PHOTO OBSCURING PRODUCTS PROHIBITED. 1. NO MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE PLATE SHALL IN ANY WAY BE COVERED OR OBSCURED THROUGH THE USE OF ANY PRODUCT, DEVICE OR SUBSTANCE WHICH PREVENTS SUCH LICENSE PLATE FROM BEING PHOTOGRAPHED OR HAS THE EFFECT OF INHIBITING THE ABILITY OF ANY TECHNOLOGY TO CAPTURE THE IMAGE OF SUCH LICENSE PLATE. 2. A VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL CONSTITUTE A TRAFFIC INFRACTION PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF NOT LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08309-01-3