Provides that vehicles with permits for handicapped parking issued anywhere in the state may use all spaces for handicapped parking in the city of New York.
Ayes (50): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Stewart-Cousin, Storobin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (9): Gianaris, Krueger, Montgomery, Perkins, Rivera, Savino, Serrano, Squadron, Stavisky
Excused (3): Alesi, Espaillat, Huntley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the New York city charter, in relation to permitted use of handicapped spaces in the city of New York
PURPOSE: This bill provides that vehicles with permits for handicapped parking issued anywhere in the state may use all spaces for handicapped parking in the city of New York. The bill also provides that handicapped parking permits issued by the City of New York will be valid outside of the City.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of subdivision 1 of section 1203-a of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 298 of the laws of 2007 is amended to entitle individuals who have parking permits which allow them to park in any designated parking spot for persons with disabilities, shall also be authorized to park in any authorized parking space for persons with disabilities in the city of New York.
Paragraph 15 of the New York City Charter is amended to allow New York City issued handicapped permits to be valid statewide, not just within the boundaries of New York City.
JUSTIFICATION: Current law does not permit individuals outside of New York City, who have special vehicle identification parking permits issued by the State, which allows them to park in spaces for persons with disabilities anywhere in the State, to also park in designated handicapped parking spaces in New York City.
Individuals who live and work in New York City are issued a special handicapped parking permit from New York City and affords them the ability to park in additional designated handicapped spaces. This can create a real burden for handicapped individuals who do not live or work in New York City, but travel to and visit New York City frequently. Handicapped individuals from outside of New York City should be afforded the opportunity to park in the same designated handicapped parking spaces as those handicapped individuals who live and work in New York City. Likewise, permits issued by the City of New York should be honored Statewide. This legislation accomplishes both goals.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.5901--Passed Senate of 2004, S.676--Passed Senate 2005, 2006, S.3192--Passed 2007-2008, S.564--Senate Transportation Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 927 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. MARCELLINO, LARKIN, RANZENHOFER -- 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 and the New York city char- ter, in relation to permitted use of handicapped spaces in the city of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of subdivision 1 of section 1203-a of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 298 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: The commissioner shall distribute special vehicle identification park- ing permits to the governing bodies of all cities, towns and villages in the state. Notwithstanding any local law or ordinance to the contrary, such permits shall entitle any vehicle displaying such permit to park in any area in any city, town or village of the state which has been desig- nated by such city, town or village or pursuant to the provisions of section twelve hundred three-c of this article as a place for parking for persons with disabilities. SUCH PERMITS SHALL ENTITLE ANY VEHICLE DISPLAYING SUCH PERMIT TO PARK IN THE AUTHORIZED PARKING SPACES FOR VEHICLES HAVING A SPECIAL IDENTIFICATION PERMIT AS DESCRIBED IN SUBPARA- GRAPH (B) OF PARAGRAPH FIFTEEN OF SUBDIVISION A OF SECTION TWENTY-NINE HUNDRED THREE OF THE NEW YORK CITY CHARTER. The design, period of valid- ity, and procedures for reissuance of such permits shall be as deter- mined by the commissioner. A city, town or village issuing a permit pursuant to this subdivision or subdivision three of this section shall indelibly inscribe or otherwise mark, on the face of such permit, the last three digits of the identification number of the driver's license or non-driver identification card of the person to whom the permit is issued. The governing bodies of cities, towns and villages in the stateEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04372-01-1 S. 927 2
shall appoint an issuing agent to issue such permits. Any person issued a permit pursuant to this section who holds a driver's license or non- driver identification card shall make the last three digits of such license or identification card available to an issuing agent at the time of permit issuance or renewal by presenting such license or identifica- tion card to such issuing agent. Any person issued a permit pursuant to this section who holds a driver's license or non-driver identification card shall carry and make available to a law enforcement officer upon demand, or as soon as practicable thereafter, his or her driver's license or non-driver identification card which shall be presumptive evidence of the validity of his or her special vehicle identification parking permit. Failure to make available such driver's license or non- driver identification card upon demand shall not be deemed a violation. The permits shall be issued to: S 2. Paragraph 15 of subdivision a of section 2903 of the New York city charter is amended by adding a new subparagraph (f) to read as follows: (F) A SPECIAL VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION PARKING PERMIT ISSUED PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL ENTITLE ANY VEHICLE DISPLAYING SUCH PERMIT TO PARK IN ANY AREA IN ANY CITY, TOWN OR VILLAGE OF THE STATE WHICH HAS BEEN DESIGNATED BY SUCH CITY, TOWN OR VILLAGE OR PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION TWELVE HUNDRED THREE-C OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW AS A PLACE FOR PARKING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AS DESCRIBED IN THE OPENING PARAGRAPH OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION TWELVE HUNDRED THREE-A OF THE VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC LAW. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.