Relates to state-issued parking placards; creates a website for such state-issued parking placards.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to state-issued parking placards
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The legislation amends the executive law by adding a new section 837-s to require all parking placards issued by the state of New York to bear a barcode to allow traffic enforcement agents to confirm their validity.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends the executive law by adding a new section 837-s to require all parking placards issued by the state of New York to bear a barcode to allow traffic enforcement agents to confirm their validity. In addition, it requires the barcode to contain information about the individual authorized to use the placard, including the user's name, license place of the vehicle in which it is displayed, the name of the agency for whom the user works, and a unique identification number specific to each placard.
The bill also requires the commissioner to establish an on-line registry and website for all state-issued parking placards.
Section 2 provides for this act to take effect immediately.
New York State has been issuing parking placards to state legislators and government employees for years. Parking placards allow the bearers to park in most areas in New York City where others could not. While these placards are meant to be used for official business purposes only, due to lack of oversight and guidelines, hundreds of placards went into circulation, including fraudulent ones.
On April 7, 2011, Governor Cuomo announced new policies for State issued parking placards following the State Inspector General's investigation, which revealed systematic problems with how the placards were distributed and how they were used by some state employees. The new policy announced by Governor Cuomo established an application and approval process for receiving a placard and reduced the number of placards in circulation.
While this policy may limit the unethical use of parking placards, in order to eradicate abuse of this privilege, there needs to be an enhanced enforcement mechanism that would help traffic agents to easily and promptly confirm their validity. A barcode imprinted on each placard can be scanned by traffic enforcement agents to determine if the placard is authentic and used for proper purpose.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3798--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 15, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance -- recommitted to the Committee on Finance 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 executive law, in relation to state-issued parking placards THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 837-s to read as follows: S 837-S. STATE-ISSUED PARKING PLACARDS. 1. ALL PARKING PLACARDS ISSUED BY THE STATE OF NEW YORK SHALL BEAR A BARCODE, WHICH SHALL PERMIT TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AGENTS TO CONFIRM THE VALIDITY OF SUCH PLACARDS WHEN DISPLAYED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE. SUCH BARCODE SHALL CONTAIN THE NAME OF THE INDIVIDUAL AUTHORIZED TO USE THE PLACARD, THE LICENSE PLATE OF THE VEHI- CLE IN WHICH SUCH PLACARD IS DISPLAYED, THE NAME OF THE AGENCY FOR WHOM THE INDIVIDUAL USING THE PLACARD IS EMPLOYED AND A UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER SPECIFIC TO EACH PLACARD. 2. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ESTABLISH AN ON-LINE REGISTRY AND WEBSITE FOR ALL STATE-ISSUED PARKING PLACARDS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09015-02-4