Requires applicants for the renewal of a driver's license to prove they have acceptable vision to operate a motor vehicle.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring applicants for the renewal of a driver's license to complete a vision test
PURPOSE: To require applicants for the renewal of a driver's license to submit proof of acceptable vision to operate a motor vehicle.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one amends paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by section 3 of part K of chapter 59 of the laws of 2009.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill would codify New York State Department of Motor Vehicles policy to require people applying to renew their driver's license to certify that they have adequate vision that would allow them to properly operate a motor vehicle.
New York State has over 11 million licensed drivers on the road. If two percent of those drivers failed an eye exam, that would translate into hundreds of thousands of seeing impaired drivers on our roads statewide.
This bill will ensure an atmosphere that is safe for our motorists. It is a common sense measure that will work to achieve those ends.
Such proof of acceptable vision shall require the applicant either to take a vision test administered at a DMV office or submit a certification signed by a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, optometrist or optician attesting that the applicant has adequate vision to operate a motor vehicle.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.5904- Referred to Transportation / A.8803 Referred to Transportation 2011: S.5904 - Referred to Rules
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4140 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 12, 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 requiring applicants for the renewal of a driver's license to complete a vision test THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 502 of the vehi- cle and traffic law, as amended by section 3 of part K of chapter 59 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: (a) A license issued pursuant to subdivision five of this section shall be valid until the expiration date contained thereon, unless such license is suspended, revoked or cancelled. Such license may be renewed by submission of an application for renewal, the fee prescribed by law, proofs of prior licensing, fitness and acceptable vision prescribed by the commissioner, the applicant's social security number, and if required by the commissioner a photo image of the applicant in such numbers and form as the commissioner shall prescribe. SUCH PROOF OF ACCEPTABLE VISION SHALL REQUIRE THE APPLICANT TO PASS A VISION TEST ADMINISTERED BY THE COMMISSIONER OR HIS OR HER AGENT, OR TO SUBMIT A CERTIFICATION, SIGNED BY A PHYSICIAN, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, NURSE PRACTI- TIONER, OPTOMETRIST OR OPTICIAN, ATTESTING THAT THE APPLICANT HAS ADEQUATE VISION TO OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMIS- SIONER. In addition, an applicant for renewal of a license containing a hazardous material endorsement shall pass an examination to retain such endorsement. The commissioner shall, with respect to the renewal of a hazardous materials endorsement, comply with the requirements imposed upon states by sections 383.141 and 1572.13 of title 49 of the code of federal regulations. A renewal of such license shall be issued by the commissioner upon approval of such application, except that no such license shall be issued if its issuance would be inconsistent with theEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05527-01-3 S. 4140 2
provisions of section five hundred sixteen of this title, and except that the commissioner may refuse to renew such license if the applicant is the holder of a currently valid or renewable license to drive issued by another state or foreign country unless the applicant surrenders such license. S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.