Relates to ambulance registration fees.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to ambulance registration fees
PURPOSE: To exempt not for profit emergency medical vehicles from the payment of vehicle registration fees.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 allows ambulance services that charge a fee to cover only the actual costs of the services provided to remain exempt from paying vehicle registration fees.
Section 2 contains the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Many localities rely on not-for-profit emergency rescue squads or ambulance services to transport sick and injured residents. Many of these rescue squads have operated for years on community donations. With the downturn in the economy and advances in emergency medical services and expanding roles and responsibilities, many of these ambulance services found that they needed to bill for services in order to remain solvent. Simply billing for services to remain whole does not make them a for profit entity, and as such they should not be required to pay vehicle registration fees.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.3240/A.5484 Referred to Transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 95 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- 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 ambulance registration fees THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph b of subdivision 6 of section 401 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 168 of the laws of 1987, is amended to read as follows: b. The provisions of this article with respect to the payment of registration fees shall not apply to ambulances used exclusively to carry sick or injured persons, other than those used in the business of carrying or transporting sick or injured persons for
[hire or]profit [, or]; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT AMBULANCE SERVICES THAT CHARGE A FEE TO COVER ACTUAL COSTS OF SUCH SERVICES SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR PROFIT FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION. NOR SHALL SUCH PROVISIONS APPLY to motor vehicles which are especially constructed and equipped to carry lost, strayed, sick, maimed or disabled animals, and owned and operated for that purpose by a duly incorporated society, incorporated for the purpose of preventing cruelty to animals, or to motor vehicles owned or controlled by the state, a city, county, village, town, school district, or fire district or any of the departments thereof or county extension service association or public improvement district formed under and pursuant to provisions of the town law, or sanitary district formed pursuant to the provisions of chapter five hundred sixteen of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty-eight, as amended, or soil conservation districts formed pursuant to the provisions of the soil conservation districts law, or to motor vehicles owned by professional foreign consuls-general, consuls and vice consuls, who are nationals of the state appointing them and who are assigned to foreign consulates in theEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00888-01-3 S. 95 2
state of New York, provided that American professional consular officers of equal rank who are citizens of the United States and who exercise their official functions at American consulates in such foreign country, are granted reciprocal exemption, or to motor vehicles owned and oper- ated by the American Red Cross, but in other respects shall be applica- ble. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.