Directs the commissioner of motor vehicles to issue "Jamaican bobsled team" distinctive plates.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to establishing a distinctive "Jamaican bobsled team" number plate
PURPOSE: The purpose of this legislation is to allow for the issuance of a distinctive Jamaican Bobsled team number plate of a design developed and approved by the commissioner, in cooperation with the Jamaica Bobsled Foundation.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section 404-x.
1. Any resident of New York State may upon request, be issued a distinctive "Jamaican Bobsled team" number plate of a design developed and approved by the commissioner in cooperation with the Jamaican Bobsled Foundation. An application for such a number plate shall be filed with the commissioner.
2. The distribution of a "Jamaican Bobsled team" number plate shall be issued in the same manner as other number plates upon the payment of regular registration fees. An annual service charge of twenty five dollars will be charged for such a plate. Such charge will be deposited pursuant to the provisions of section four hundred four-oo to the plate development fund of the department of motor vehicles. This fund shall be used for the production, design, advertising, and marketing of distinctive license plates. Annual service charges collected in excess of six thousand dollars shall be paid by the State comptroller to the Jamaica Bobsled Foundation.
JUSTIFICATION: The Jamaican Bobsled team was first formed in in preparation for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. They were immediately seen as popular underdogs being from a tropical island and competing in a notorious winter sporting event. The Jamaican Bobsled legacy continued after several more appearances in subsequent Winter Olympics, and stunned many of their critics by finishing in 14th place in the 1994 Olympic Games, finishing ahead of Russia, the United States, Australia and France.
The creation and sale of a "Jamaica Bobsled team" designed license plate would benefit the team as it aims to generate support and popularity through the promotion with proceeds going towards the Jamaican Bobsled Foundation spearheaded by Executive Director Noel Spencer and one of the inaugural Olympic team members, Devon Harris. With many Jamaican immigrants residing in the State, the establishment of this plate would provide residents an opportunity to support and fund the country's team in its training and journey back to the Olympics.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5364 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 13, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. LARKIN -- 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 establishing a distinctive "Jamaican bobsled team" number plate THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new section 404-x to read as follows: S 404-X. DISTINCTIVE "JAMAICAN BOBSLED TEAM" NUMBER PLATES. 1. ANY PERSON RESIDING IN THIS STATE SHALL, UPON REQUEST, BE ISSUED A DISTINC- TIVE "JAMAICAN BOBSLED TEAM" NUMBER PLATE OF A DESIGN DEVELOPED AND APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER, IN COOPERATION WITH THE JAMAICA BOBSLED FOUNDATION. APPLICATION FOR SUCH NUMBER SHALL BE FILED WITH THE COMMIS- SIONER IN SUCH FORM AND DETAIL AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRESCRIBE. 2. A DISTINCTIVE "JAMAICAN BOBSLED TEAM" NUMBER PLATE ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE ISSUED IN THE SAME MANNER AS OTHER NUMBER PLATES UPON THE PAYMENT OF THE REGULAR REGISTRATION FEE PRESCRIBED BY SECTION FOUR HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT AN ADDITIONAL ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGE OF TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS SHALL BE CHARGED FOR SUCH PLATE. SUCH ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGE SHALL BE DEPOSITED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED FOUR-OO OF THIS ARTICLE TO THE CREDIT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES DISTINCTIVE PLATE DEVELOPMENT FUND ESTABLISHED BY SECTION NINETY-FIVE-G OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW, AND SHALL BE USED FOR THE PRODUCTION, DESIGN, ADVERTISING AND MARKETING OF DISTINCTIVE LICENSE PLATES PURSUANT TO SUCH SECTION NINETY-FIVE-G; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ANNUAL SERVICE CHARGES COLLECTED IN EXCESS OF SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS SHALL BE PAID BY THE STATE COMPTROLLER TO THE JAMAICA BOBSLED FOUNDATION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10047-01-5