Extends duration of time during which a vehicle that does not meet specified requirements may obtain a permit to cross an R-posted bridge.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to vehicle fitness for crossing R-posted bridges
To extend the date of retrofitting compliance from December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2019.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 stipulates requirements for 2006 model-year and newer vehicles for the purpose of obtaining divisible load permits. Amends Section 385.15 (f) of the Vehicle & Traffic Law by extending the date to comply with divisible load vehicle requirements to December 31, 2019. These vehicles are given until December 31, 2019 to fully retrofit to comply with weight distributional load requirements.
Section 2 requires this act to be deemed repealed if any federal agency or court of competent jurisdiction determines that this act would render New York state ineligible for the receipt of federal funds.
Section 3 allows for severability if any part of this act is determined by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid.
Section 4 provides the effective date.
Current law requires "infrastructure-friendly vehicle requirements" that are meant to reduce adverse impacts on transportation infrastructure as a result of use by heavy trucks. In recognition of the fact that these requirements necessitate expensive retrofitting, pre model-year 2006 vehicles are given an exemption until December 31, 2014, after which, will require partial retrofitting.
This legislation is necessary because multiple deadlines are not practical nor financially feasible for companies with fleets of pre model-year 2006 divisible load vehicles. They are given until the end of 2014 to partially retrofit them, and until 2019 to install all necessary upgrades. It is not worth it to partially upgrade these aged vehicles, only to perform a full upgrade five years later, at which time the vehicle will be completely obsolete and will need to be replaced. Instead of a two-step retrofit, this legislation would extend the December 31, 2014 deadline to December 31, 2019, bringing it into conformity with the deadline for the weight distributional load requirement. This legislation allows each company to choose which method best fits its needs and helps avoid undue financial hardship. It also offers more time to save the necessary capital to either fully retrofit older vehicles or replace them entirely.
None to the state.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6825--A IN SENATE March 13, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. SEWARD, LARKIN, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Trans- portation -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to vehicle fitness for crossing R-posted bridges THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The third undesignated paragraph of paragraph (f) of subdi- vision 15 of section 385 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by section 4 of part C of chapter 59 of the laws of 2004, is amended to read as follows: No vehicle having a model year of two thousand six or newer shall be issued a permit pursuant to this paragraph unless each axle of such vehicle or combination of vehicles, other than steerable or trackable axles, is equipped with two tires on each side of the axle, any air pressure controls for lift axles are located outside the cab of the vehicle and are beyond the reach of occupants of the cab while the vehi- cle is in motion, the weight on any grouping of two or more axles is distributed such that no axle in the grouping carries less than eighty percent of any other axle in the grouping and any liftable axle is steerable or trackable; and, further provided, after December thirty- first, two thousand
[fourteen]NINETEEN, no permit shall be issued pursuant to this paragraph to a vehicle of any model year that does not meet the requirements of this provision, except that such permits may be issued prior to January first, two thousand twenty to a vehicle that does not meet the requirement concerning axle grouping weight distrib- ution, but meets all other requirements of this section. S 2. This act shall be deemed repealed if any federal agency or any court of competent jurisdiction finally determines that this act would render New York state ineligible for the receipt of federal funds. S 3. Severability. If any clause, sentence, subdivision, paragraph, section or part of this act be adjudged by any court of competent juris- diction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invali-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14413-03-4 S. 6825--A 2
date the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, subdivision, paragraph, section or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.