Requires automobile dealers display a fuel economy label on all new vehicles.
Ayes (10): Thompson, Schneiderman, Parker, Serrano, Perkins, Stewart-Cousins, Foley, Marcellino, Young, Padavan
Ayes W/R (1): Oppenheimer
Nays (3): Leibell, Johnson O, Little
BILL NUMBER: S6141
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to requiring automobile dealers display a fuel economy label on all new vehicles
PURPOSE : To require that new passenger motor vehicles sold in New York State post a "gallons-per-mile fuel impact statement."
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Adds a new section 19-1104 to the environmental conservation law to require vehicle manufacturers to display a gallons per thousand miles fuel impact statement. Such statement shall set forth the average number of gallons the vehicle is expected to use when traveling a distance of one thousand miles of city mileage, highway mileage and combined city and highway mileage. The bill provides for a civil fine of not more than $100 per vehicle to be imposed on manufacturers for a violation of this section.
EXISTING LAW : New legislation.
JUSTIFICATION : Gallons per miles driven is a much more useful means of measuring fuel efficiency than the current miles per gallon standard. It enables a vehicle purchaser to more easily compare the fuel efficiency between various models of automobiles. This bill, which would require manufacturers to display the average gallons per one thousand city, highway and combined miles, will allow consumers to know accurately at a glance the cost of operating a vehicle over one thousand miles. Additionally, this allows environmentally conscious consumers to identify the relative environmental effect of different vehicles. Encouraging consumers to buy more fuel efficient vehicles can help save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy security and oil dependence costs, and increase energy sustainability.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New legislation.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE : January first next succeeding the date it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6141 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE August 28, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to requiring automobile dealers display a fuel economy label on all new vehicles THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. It is the purpose of this act to promote awareness of fuel mileage and to encourage the purchase of more fuel efficient vehicles through the provision of information to the public concerning the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. S 2. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new section 19-1104 to read as follows: S 19-1104. FUEL ECONOMY LABEL REQUIREMENTS. 1. IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR ANY MANUFACTURER TO SELL OR LEASE OR TO OFFER TO SELL OR LEASE IN THIS STATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF REGISTRATION IN THIS STATE ANY NEW PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLE MANUFACTURED OR ASSEMBLED DURING ANY MODEL YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, EXCEPT OMNIBUS VEHICLES, UNLESS SUCH VEHICLE HAS AFFIXED THERETO A "GALLONS-PER-MILE FUEL IMPACT STATEMENT". THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONJUNC- TION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES, SHALL DETERMINE THE FORMAT, SIZE, TYPE LEGIBILITY AND PLACEMENT OF SUCH STATE- MENT. THE "GALLONS-PER-MILE FUEL IMPACT STATEMENT" SHALL SET FORTH THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF GALLONS THE VEHICLE IS EXPECTED TO USE WHEN TRAVELING A DISTANCE OF ONE THOUSAND MILES OF CITY MILEAGE, ONE THOUSAND MILES OF HIGHWAY MILEAGE AND ONE THOUSAND MILES OF COMBINED CITY AND HIGHWAY MILEAGE. 2. ANY MANUFACTURER WHO VIOLATES SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, WITHOUT JUST CAUSE, SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL FINE OF NOT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER VEHICLE WITH RESPECT TO WHICH THERE HAS BEEN A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION. CIVIL PENALTIES SO ASSESSED MAY NOT BEEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14603-04-9 S. 6141 2
DEDUCTED AS AN EXPENSE FROM ANY TAX LIABILITY DUE TO ANY LOCAL OR STATE TAX JURISDICTION. S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date upon which it shall have become a law.