Bill S6849-2013

Requires driver responsibility assessments to be assessed and billed to a driver within three years of the date of the traffic infraction that resulted in the assessment

Requires driver responsibility assessments to be assessed and billed to a driver within three years of the date of the traffic infraction that resulted in the assessment.

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  • Mar 19, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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BILL NUMBER:S6849

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring driver responsibility assessments to be assessed and billed to a driver within three years of the date of the traffic infraction that resulted in the assessment

PURPOSE: This legislation requires driver responsibility assessments to be assessed and billed to a driver within three years of the date of the traffic infraction that resulted in the assessment.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Subdivision 4 of section 503 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new paragraph (e-1) to require driver responsibility assessments to be assessed and billed to a driver within three years of the date of the traffic infraction that resulted in the assessment.

JUSTIFICATION: The driver responsibility assessment is a fee a driver must pay to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if convicted of certain traffic offenses in New York State or if the driver accumulates six or more points on their driving record within 18 months.

This legislation does not challenge the concept of the driver responsibility assessment, but rather the time frame in which it can be imposed on an individual. A constituent was convicted of speeding tickets in 2006 and paid their fines in full. Believing the case was closed, they were shocked to be contacted 7 years later, in 2013, and informed from DMV that a driver responsibility assessment was now due.

Seven years is too long of a period of time to attach the assessment to a conviction. This legislation would remedy this problem and require driver responsibility assessments to be assessed and billed to a driver within three years of the date of the traffic infraction.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6849 IN SENATE March 19, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MARCELLINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring driver responsibility assessments to be assessed and billed to a driv- er within three years of the date of the traffic infraction that resulted in the assessment THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 503 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new paragraph (e-1) to read as follows: (E-1) ANY DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY ASSESSMENTS IMPOSED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE ASSESSED AND BILLED TO THE DRIV- ER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ASSESSMENT WITHIN THREE YEARS OF THE DATE OF THE TRAFFIC INFRACTION THAT RESULTED IN THE ASSESSMENT. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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