Exempts voluntary ambulance service or rescue squads from tolls on any highway, bridge, tunnel or other toll road on the NYS thruway while responding to an emergency or furnishing voluntary ambulance services.
TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to exempting voluntary ambulance services from the payment of tolls
PURPOSE: To exempt volunteer ambulances from thruway tolls.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. The payment of tolls on any highway, bridge, tunnel or other toll road within this state shall not apply to voluntary ambulance service operating pursuant to a valid voluntary ambulance service statement of registration issued under section 3004 of the public health law.
Section 2. Effective Date
JUSTIFICATION: This bill would exempt vehicles of a volunteer ambulance corps, service or rescue squad from toll fees on the New York State Thruway, provided that the service has a valid statement of registration issued under section three thousand four of the Public Health Law. Volunteer ambulance corps render services to many areas of this state which do not have municipal ambulances. The members contribute their time without compensation. The funds raise by these organizations are used to buy vehicles, rescue equipment, gasoline and medical supplies necessary to their operation. The ambulance services operate in relay teams, and often transport an injured person over a considerable distance. Tolls are paid from their general operating funds, and if this exemption were granted, the money can be used to improve their equipment and services to the public.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2005-06 (A.535 / S369)
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minor loss of revenue to the Thruway Authority
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6836 IN SENATE March 18, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT in relation to exempting voluntary ambulance services from the payment of tolls THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the payment of tolls on any highway, bridge, tunnel or other toll road within this state shall not apply to a voluntary ambulance service oper- ating pursuant to a valid operating certificate as described in subdivi- sion 1 of section 3005 of the public health law while such vehicle is responding to an emergency or furnishing voluntary ambulance services. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03564-01-3