Requires access aisles of handicapped parking spaces of certain off-street parking lots or parking garages be marked with a sign stating "No Parking Anytime", with diagonal stripes.
Ayes (58): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Bonacic, Breslin, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Farley, Foley, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Johnson O, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Leibell, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Padavan, Parker, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Schneiderman, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Thompson, Valesky, Volker, Winner, Young
Excused (3): Flanagan, Fuschillo, Morahan
BILL NUMBER: S6120
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring access aisles of handicapped parking spaces to be marked with "No Parking Anytime" signs
PURPOSE : To prevent people from parking in the access aisles of handicapped parking spaces by further identifying access aisles with signs that are distinctly different from the signs that are currently required to be posted to identify handicapped accessible parking spaces.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : This bill amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 2 of section 1203-c of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 350 of the laws of 1993.
JUSTIFICATION : Currently, many drivers, both disabled and able-bodied, use the access aisles that lie adjacent to handicapped accessible parking spaces as additional parking spaces. Often times these access aisles have no signage designating them as a no parking zone, and when disabled drivers who have properly parked in a handicapped parking space return to their vehicles, they find that they cannot get into their vehicle because someone has blocked the entrance by parking in the access aisle.
Adding signage that clearly identifies the access aisles will deter drivers who do not realize what these spaces are reserved for. In addition, it will provide for an enforcement mechanism for those who choose to park in the newly designated "No Parking Anytime" zones.
We need to ensure that people with disabilities who need to utilize the access aisles are not left unable to get into their vehicles because someone has carelessly parked in the area reserved for entering and exiting a car or van.
This bill is intended to reaffirm and place in state statute the current requirements for signage of access aisles listed under the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. It is important to protect the signage obligation in state law because building code requirements change periodically. The requirements for this signage mirror those existing for handicapped parking spaces under the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : A.9694 (2000) - Referred to Transportation A.4626 (2001-02) - Passed Assembly A.5471 (2003-04) - Passed Assembly A.7338 (2005-06) - Passed Assembly A.7110 (2007-08) - Passed Assembly
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6120 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE August 6, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. DILAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring access aisles of handicapped parking spaces to be marked with "No Parking Anytime" signs THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 2 of section 1203-c of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 350 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows: (b) Whenever a person, firm or corporation creates an off-street park- ing lot OR PARKING GARAGE, or repaves or repaints more than one-half of the total number of parking spaces in an off-street parking lot OR PARK- ING GARAGE, which contains designated handicapped parking spaces, or creates designated handicapped parking spaces in an off-street parking lot OR PARKING GARAGE, or repaves or repaints more than one-half of the total number of designated handicapped parking spaces in an off-street parking lot OR PARKING GARAGE, specifications as to the size of desig- nated handicapped parking spaces and designated handicapped parking space access aisles shall be in accordance with the requirements of the New York state uniform fire prevention and building code. SUCH ACCESS AISLES ALSO SHALL BE (I) CLEARLY DESIGNATED WITH CONSPICUOUS AND PERMA- NENTLY INSTALLED ABOVE GRADE SIGNS WHICH SHALL READ "NO PARKING ANYTIME" AND WHICH SHALL BE POSITIONED FROM THE ACCESS AISLE SURFACE AT A HEIGHT OF NOT LESS THAN FIVE FEET NOR MORE THAN SEVEN FEET, AND (II) MARKED WITH DIAGONAL STRIPES. 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. LBD08532-01-9