Requires the DMV to promulgate rules and regulations to approve certain out-of-state and national accident prevention courses.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to recognizing out-of-state or national defensive driver classes
PURPOSE: This legislation will allowing the commissioner to approve certain out of state and national defensive driving courses for the purpose of eligibility for the mandatory insurance reduction benefits.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
§ 1: Section 399-b of the VAT law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7:7. "Out-of-state course" or "national course" shall mean an accident prevention course approved by acknowledged by any state other than New York State.
§ 2: amends section § 399-g to add language establishing the inclusion of certain out of state or national courses to the regulation section regarding which courses the commissioner may approve.
§ 3: this act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that section one of this act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.
JUSTIFICATION: While there are many defensive driving programs which are offered nationally or are offered by reputable parties outside of the state, New York residents are not eligible to receive the insurance reduction benefits of a defensive driving course, for example, in New Jersey, or Florida, where many New Yorkers work or have summer homes respectively. By adding out of state and national courses to the list of courses the commissioner can approve it will improve the access to defensive driving programs by those who are registered New York drivers and wish to attend a defensive driving class out of state.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.4364 - Referred to Transportation. 2011: S.4364 - Referred to Transportation.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that section one of this act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3594 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 7, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- 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 recognizing out-of-state or national defensive driver classes THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 399-b of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows: 7. "OUT-OF-STATE COURSE" OR "NATIONAL COURSE" SHALL MEAN AN ACCIDENT PREVENTION COURSE APPROVED OR ACKNOWLEDGED BY ANY STATE OTHER THAN NEW YORK STATE. S 2. Section 399-g of the vehicle and traffic law, as added by chapter 290 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows: S 399-g. Regulations. The commissioner shall promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary to effectuate the provisions of this arti- cle, INCLUDING RULES AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO APPROVE CERTAIN OUT-OF-STATE OR NATIONAL COURSES. In addition to any requirements expressly authorized by this article, such regulations may include but not be limited to requirements and standards with respect to: delivery agencies and instructors; classroom facilities; suspension or revocation of approval; appeal of suspension or revocation; course administration and advertising; monitoring of courses and instructors; and reevaluation of course effectiveness pursuant to section three hundred ninety-nine-f of this article. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that section one of this act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03839-01-3