Exempts new electric vehicles, clean fuel vehicles and vehicles that meet the clean vehicle standards from the first year of registration fees.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to exempting new electric vehicles, clean fuel vehicles and vehicles that meet the clean vehicle standards from the fees for the first year of registration of such vehicles; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of the bill would be to expand New York State tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles to include vehicles that meet the clean vehicle standards. It would broaden the types of vehicle technologies that would qualify for tax credits.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Bill § 1 adds three new sections to the definitional provisions of the Vehicle & Traffic Law (VTL). New 107-a defines "clean fuel vehicle" and new § 114-e defines "electric vehicle", each in a manner consistent with the definition in the Internal Revenue Code. New § 159-a defines the term "vehicle that meets the clean vehicle standards" to match provisions of the federal Clean Air Act relating to vehicles that are certified as meeting exhaust emission standards which the state of California adopted.
Bill § 2 amends VTL § 401 to provide exempt these three classes of vehicles from payment of fees in the first year of registration.
JUSTIFICATION: Current transportation technologies cause over 50% of urban air pollution, produce 30% of greenhouse gases, and are the second largest source of CO2 in the US. Research shows that exposure to automobile and truck emissions can be linked to increased emergency room visits, increased hospital admissions and play a factor in the intensity and frequency of asthma attacks, therefore contributing to overall healthcare costs.
There is an urgent need for cleaner fuel vehicles. The development of cleaner and more efficient vehicle technologies has been on the fore-front of many agendas. Car manufacturers are trying to satisfy the demands of the Federal Government by producing vehicles that can meet the new emission standards. The next step is in gaining the public's awareness that the cleaner vehicles are on the market and there are positive benefits of owning one. One way of gaining the public's interest in buying clean-fuel vehicles is by adding incentives for their purchase. By giving a tax break on registration fees to owners of clean fuel vehicles, it would provide one such incentive for the public. It would also help lower the health risks linked to vehicle emissions, and the costs of the healthcare associated with those risks.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013: Referred to Transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None noted
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January 1, 2015 and will sunset on January 1, 2019, when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3565--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 5, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. DILAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation -- recom- mitted 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 vehicle and traffic law, in relation to exempting new electric vehicles, clean fuel vehicles and vehicles that meet the clean vehicle standards from the fees for the first year of registra- tion of such vehicles; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof 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 three new sections 107-a, 114-e and 159-a to read as follows: S 107-A. CLEAN FUEL VEHICLE. EVERY MOTOR VEHICLE WHICH QUALIFIES AS CLEAN-FUEL VEHICLE PROPERTY PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (C) OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-NINE-A OF THE FEDERAL INTERNAL REVENUE CODE. S 114-E. ELECTRIC VEHICLE. EVERY MOTOR VEHICLE WHICH IS A QUALIFIED ELECTRIC VEHICLE PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (C) OF SECTION THIRTY OF THE FEDERAL INTERNAL REVENUE CODE. S 159-A. VEHICLE THAT MEETS THE CLEAN VEHICLE STANDARDS. EVERY MOTOR VEHICLE WHICH (A) IS CERTIFIED, AS PROVIDED FOR UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE FEDERAL CLEAN AIR ACT (42 U.S.C. SECTION 7401 ET SEQ., AS AMENDED) AS MEETING EXHAUST EMISSION STANDARDS FOR SUPER-ULTRA-LOW EMISSION VEHI- CLES WHICH THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS ADOPTED (CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGU- LATIONS, TITLE 13) AND IS PERMITTED TO ADOPT UNDER 42 U.S.C. SECTION 7543, AND WHICH OTHER STATES ARE PERMITTED TO ADOPT UNDER 42 U.S.C. SECTION 7503, AND (B) HAS A FUEL EFFICIENCY THAT IS AT LEAST ONE AND ONE-HALF TIMES THE AVERAGE FUEL EFFICIENCY FOR VEHICLES IN ITS WEIGHT CLASS.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00909-02-4 S. 3565--A 2
S 2. Subdivision 6 of section 401 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new paragraph c-1 to read as follows: C-1. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION AND SUBDIVISION SEVEN OF THIS SECTION WITH RESPECT TO THE PAYMENT OF REGISTRATION FEES SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE FIRST YEAR OF REGISTRATION OF ANY NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLE, CLEAN FUEL VEHICLE OR VEHICLE THAT MEETS THE CLEAN VEHICLE STANDARDS. S 3. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015 and shall expire Janu- ary 1, 2019 when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed.