Bill S7379-2013

Prohibits the sale of covered license plate frames

Prohibits the sale or promotional distribution of covered license plate frames.

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  • May 14, 2014: REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION

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BILL NUMBER:S7379

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to prohibiting the sale of covered license plate frames

PURPOSE:

To prohibit the sale of license plate covers, since these products may not legally be used in New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Adds a new Section 391-s to the General Business Law to prohibit the sale or give away of covered license plate frames.

EXISTING LAW:

Section 402(1)(b) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law provides that license plates "shall not be covered by glass or any plastic material."

JUSTIFICATION:

The Vehicle and Traffic Law prohibits drivers from covering their license plates with any glass or plastic material. Nevertheless, many stores continue to sell such products. Not surprisingly, many consumers assume that if they can buy these products in local stores, they can use them on their vehicles. Only when they are stopped and ticketed by the police do they learn otherwise. To protect unsuspecting consumers, and to help ensure compliance with the Vehicle and Traffic Law, this bill would prohibit the sale of these items which may not legally be used on vehicles.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7379 IN SENATE May 14, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to prohibiting the sale of covered license plate frames THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 391-s to read as follows: S 391-S. SALE OR PROMOTIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF COVERED LICENSE PLATE FRAMES. 1. NO PERSON, FIRM, CORPORATION, PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCIATION, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, OR OTHER ENTITY SHALL SELL OR OFFER TO SELL OR GIVE AWAY, AS EITHER A RETAIL OR WHOLESALE PROMOTION, A COVERED LICENSE PLATE FRAME WITHIN NEW YORK STATE. 2. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "COVERED LICENSE PLATE FRAME" MEANS ANY GLASS OR PLASTIC MATERIAL, ARTIFICIAL OR SYNTHETIC MATERIAL OR SUBSTANCE THAT CONCEALS OR OBSCURES A LICENSE PLATE OR THAT DISTORTS A RECORDED OR PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE OF SUCH LICENSE PLATE. 3. ANY PERSON, FIRM, CORPORATION, PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCIATION, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, OR OTHER ENTITY THAT VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION BY SELLING, OFFERING TO SELL, OR GIVING AWAY AS EITHER A RETAIL OR WHOLESALE PROMOTION, A COVERED LICENSE PLATE FRAME SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL PENALTY OF NOT MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER VIOLATION, RECOVERABLE IN AN ACTION BY ANY ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY DESIGNATED BY ANY MUNICIPALITY OR POLITICAL SUBDIVISION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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