Bill S7448-2013

Authorizes the counties of Dutchess and Ulster to regulate the registration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles

Authorizes the counties of Dutchess and Ulster to regulate the registration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles.

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  • May 15, 2014: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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BILL NUMBER:S7448

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law and the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing the counties of Dutchess and Ulster to regulate the registration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles

PURPOSE: To amend the general municipal law and the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing the counties of Dutchess and Ulster to regulate the registration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends the general municipal law by authorizing Dutchess and Ulster Counties to adopt local laws or ordinances regulating the registration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles.

Section two amends the vehicle and traffic law to include Dutchess and Ulster Counties in the definition of Licensing Jurisdiction.

Section three provides for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation repeals a detrimental regulation on small business owners who own livery companies in Dutchess and Ulster Counties. Although the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission allows our livery companies to operate in New York City, their privileges are limited to counties who have entered into a reciprocal agreement with the TLC. The privileges referenced in chapter 55 of the TLC handbook state that companies transporting passengers between jurisdictions may temporarily discharge and pick up passengers in New York City if all stops occur within 24 hours. However, this rule does not give our local businesses enough time to offer return services, nor does it offer fair opportunity. In addition, it infringes on the rights of Hudson Valley residents to choose to contract with local businesses that are licensed car services. To expand the 24 hour limit, the law states that livery companies must be from counties that have local regulation and reciprocity agreements, and they must meet a population limit of at least one million. While Dutchess and Ulster Counties do not meet this requirement, we found this law has been amended previously to accommodate Rockland and Suffolk Counties in chapters 385 and 382 of 2012. Our local businesses have been proactive to negotiate terms with the TLC, but only a legislative amendment will secure their future. These are small businesses that cannot afford to headquarter in New York City, and they want to support our local economy, as well as our community. This bill continues the trend of making New York State more business friendly by allowing these businesses more flexibility to expand services in its largest market area, increase tourism in the region, and employ more New Yorkers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill. However, similar legislation has been enacted for Rockland and Suffolk Counties. For reference please see chapters 385 and 382 of 2012.

FISCAL. IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7448 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the general municipal law and the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing the counties of Dutchess and Ulster to regulate the registration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles 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 separately amended by chapters 382 and 385 of the laws of 2012, 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; the county of Nassau may adopt ordinances regulating the registration of taxicabs and limousines; and the county of Suffolk may adopt ordinances regulating the registra- tion of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles; [and] the county of Rockland may adopt local laws or ordinances regulating the registration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles and may limit the number to be licensed; THE COUNTY OF DUTCHESS MAY ADOPT LOCAL LAWS OR ORDINANCES REGULATING THE REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF TAXICABS, LIMOUSINES, AND LIVERY VEHICLES AND MAY LIMIT THE NUMBER TO BE LICENSED; AND THE COUNTY OF ULSTER MAY ADOPT LOCAL LAWS OR ORDINANCES REGULATING THE REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF TAXICABS, LIMOUSINES, AND LIVERY VEHI- CLES AND MAY LIMIT THE NUMBER TO BE LICENSED. S 2. Paragraph b of subdivision 1 of section 498 of the vehicle and traffic law, as separately amended by chapters 382 and 385 of the laws of 2012, 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 [or], the county of Rockland, THE COUN- TY OF DUTCHESS OR THE COUNTY OF ULSTER, 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.

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