Authorizes Suffolk county to regulate taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law and the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the regulation of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles in Suffolk county
PURPOSE: This legislation would allow the County of Suffolk to adopt ordinances regulating the registration of taxicabs, limousines and livery vehicles.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Subdivision 1 of section 181 of the general municipal law, as amended by Chapter 430 of the Laws of 2003 is amended to allow Suffolk County to adopt local ordinances regulating the registration of taxicabs, limousines and livery vehicles.
JUSTIFICATION: Chapter 549 of the Laws of 2006 requires any taxi or limousine company to be licensed with the City of New York in order to pre-arrange pick-ups and drop-offs in New York City. Licensing requires that companies meet strict criteria, including a ten fleet minimum.
Current law puts smaller limousine and taxi companies in neighboring counties at a disadvantage, as they are unable to schedule pre-arranged trips to New York City.
This legislation would allow Suffolk County to set its own standards and practices with regard to the registration of taxicabs, limousines and livery vehicles.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2007-08: S.7709
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6366--A IN SENATE February 1, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the general municipal law and the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the regulation of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles in Suffolk county THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 181 of the general municipal law, as amended by chapter 430 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows: 1. The registration and licensing of taxicabs and may limit the number of taxicabs to be licensed and the county of Westchester may adopt ordi- nances regulating the registration and licensing of taxicabs and limou- sines and may limit the number to be licensed;
[and]the county of Nassau may adopt ordinances regulating the registration of taxicabs and limousines; AND THE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK MAY ADOPT ORDINANCES REGULATING THE REGISTRATION OF TAXICABS, LIMOUSINES, AND LIVERY VEHICLES. S 2. Paragraph b of subdivision 1 of section 498 of the vehicle and traffic law, as added by chapter 549 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows: b. "Licensing jurisdiction" shall mean a city with a population of one million or more, or a county within New York state contiguous to such city OR THE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, that requires the issuance of a license, permit, registration, certification or other approval for a vehicle to perform the pre-arranged pick up or drop off of one or more passengers in such jurisdiction for compensation. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11684-04-2