Bill S7603-2013

Relates to violations concerning number plates on a toll highway, bridge and/or tunnel facility

Relates to violations concerning number plates on a toll highway, bridge and/or tunnel facility.

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  • May 15, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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BILL NUMBER:S7603

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to violations concerning number plates on a toll highway, bridge and/or tunnel facility

PURPOSE: To provide increased fines for violations of the law relating to number plates on vehicles for violations occurring on a toll highway, bridge and/or tunnel facility.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Adds a new subdivision 9 to section 402 of the vehicle and traffic law to provide that any violation of this section on a toll highway, bridge and/or tunnel facility shall be punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars. This section also makes a corresponding technical amendment to subdivision 8 of section 402.

Section 2. Effective date.

EXISTING LAW: Existing law provides fines of not less than twenty-five nor more than two hundred dollars for violations relating to number plates.

JUSTIFICATION: Several public authorities in New York have implemented the electronic toll collection system commonly referred to as E-ZPass. The E-ZPass system has increased customer convenience while reducing travel time, fuel consumption and potential back-ups at toll plazas for the Thruway Authority and other public authorities. While the benefits of EZPass are numerous, it does provide opportunities for abuse. Those who are not E-ZPass subscribers can evade tolls by driving through lanes designated for that purpose.

This bill addresses the increasing problem of motorists using special devices designed specifically to hide or shield a person's license plate from the view of the cameras that are used for toll collection enforcement by establishing higher fines for the use of such devices on a toll highway, bridge and/or tunnel facility.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7603 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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 violations concerning number plates on a toll highway, bridge and/or tunnel facility THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 8 of section 402 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 61 of the laws of 1989 and as renumbered by chapter 648 of the laws of 2006, is amended and a new subdivision 9 is added to read as follows: 8. [The] EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION NINE OF THIS SECTION, THE violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than two hundred dollars. 9. THE VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION ON A TOLL HIGHWAY, BRIDGE AND/OR TUNNEL FACILITY SHALL BE PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF NOT LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED NOR MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.

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