Relates to intermediate side reflex reflectors or intermediate side marker lamps on motorcycles; prohibits white, red or blue reflectors or lamps; prohibits intermediate side marker lamps from revolving, rotating, flashing, oscillating, constantly moving, or being designed to illuminate the roadway around the motorcycle or otherwise be a distraction.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to intermediate side reflex reflectors or intermediate side marker lamps on motorcycles
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of the bill is to remove the current prohibition on side lights on motorcycles and to permit intermediate side reflectors and marker lamps to improve motorcycle visibility.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section One - amends subdivision 1 of section 381 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law to add a new paragraph (d) which provides that every motorcycle may have one or more intermediate side reflex reflectors or intermediate side marker lamps of any color except white, red or blue. The paragraph further specifies that if a motorcycle has such lamps, they cannot revolve, rotate, flash, oscillate, constantly move, be designed to illuminate the roadway around the motorcycle or otherwise be a distraction.
Section Two - Effective date.
One of the most critical elements of motorcycle safety is ensuring the best visibility possible. Current law does not allow side lamps, reducing the visibility of motorcycles from the side. This bill would permit, but not require, motorcycles to have appropriate side reflectors or lamps that will make motorcycles more visible to other motorists.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4462 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 23, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. RANZENHOFER -- 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 intermediate side reflex reflectors or intermediate side marker lamps on motorcy- cles THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 381 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows: (D) EVERY MOTORCYCLE MAY HAVE ONE OR MORE INTERMEDIATE SIDE REFLEX REFLECTORS OR INTERMEDIATE SIDE MARKER LAMPS IN ANY COLOR EXCEPT WHITE, RED OR BLUE. INTERMEDIATE SIDE MARKER LAMPS SHALL NOT REVOLVE, ROTATE, FLASH, OSCILLATE, CONSTANTLY MOVE, OR BE DESIGNED TO ILLUMINATE THE ROADWAY AROUND THE MOTORCYCLE OR OTHERWISE BE A DISTRACTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09985-01-5