Relates to authorizing limited rear overhang for specialized material delivery vehicles.
Ayes (58): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): LaValle
Absent (1): Parker
Excused (3): Adams, Diaz, Libous
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to extending the maximum length of vehicles
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To extend the maximum length of vehicles to allow some specialized maintenance vehicles the ability to operate without penalty.
JUSTIFICATION: In 2003 New York state authorized recreational vehicles (RV's) up to 45 feet in length to travel on highways to aid tourism in the state. This bill would allow for specialized delivery vehicles that carry building materials to be a maximum of 45 feet, including 5 feet of overhang, provided that such vehicle was operated by a CDL licensed driver. All of these vehicles, when manufactured, fall under the less than 40 foot rule but become illegal when outfitted with a boom or piggyback. By allowing these vehicles to have the extra overhang, vehicles that are essential to worker safety and critical to the delivery of materials for construction projects will not continue to be subject to unnecessary fines. If untrained recreational drivers are able to legally navigate on state roads, then professionals should be given the same allowance.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011 - S.1362A/A.4505A - Passed Senate 2010 - S.7970/A.11189
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 391 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. DILAN -- 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 extending the maximum length of vehicles THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 3 of section 385 of the vehi- cle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 173 of the laws of 1990, is amended to read as follows: (a) The length of a single vehicle, inclusive of load and bumpers, shall be not more than forty feet unless otherwise provided in this subdivision. FOR SPECIALIZED MATERIAL DELIVERY VEHICLES, WHICH INCLUDE ARTICULATING BOOM TRUCKS AND PIGGY-BACK TRUCKS (FLAT BED TRUCKS WITH FORKLIFTS OR MOTIFS ATTACHED), THE LENGTH OF A SINGLE VEHICLE, MEASURED FROM BUMPER TO BUMPER, SHALL NOT BE MORE THAN FORTY FEET; HOWEVER, PROVIDED THAT THE OPERATOR OF THE VEHICLE IS A CDL OPERATOR, THE VEHICLE CAN HAVE AN ADDITIONAL FIVE FEET OF OVERHANG, FOR A TOTAL LENGTH OF NO MORE THAN FORTY-FIVE FEET. OVERHANG IS DEFINED AS THE PORTION OF A VEHI- CLE THAT EXTENDS BEYOND THE REAR BUMPER OR THE PORTION OF A BOOM, FORK- LIFT OR OTHER DEVICE THAT EXTENDS BEYOND THE REAR BUMPER. 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. LBD00604-01-3