Bill Text: NY A06860 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Enacts the "vehicle ramming prevention act"; directs the division of homeland security and emergency services to establish and distribute a suspicious rental activity guidance poster; directs the division of homeland security and emergency service to provide the national hotline contact number for vehicle rental companies to report suspicious rental activity; directs such division to educate vehicle rental companies on what behavior constitutes suspicious rental activity; and in turn such companies shall educate their employees on suspicious rental activity.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-22 - referred to governmental operations [A06860 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06860-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          6860
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     March 22, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by M. of A. ORTIZ, TAYLOR, COOK -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Governmental Operations
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to enacting the  "vehicle
          ramming  prevention act" to cause the monitoring of suspicious vehicle
          rental activity
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
     2  the "vehicle ramming prevention act".
     3    § 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 719 to  read
     4  as follows:
     5    §  719.  Suspicious  rental activity. 1. For purposes of this section,
     6  "rental vehicle company" shall have the same meaning as defined in para-
     7  graph (c) of subdivision one of section three  hundred  ninety-six-z  of
     8  the  general  business  law  provided, however, the requirements of this
     9  section shall only apply to the offices, departments  and  employees  of
    10  the rental vehicle company that handle and facilitate vehicle rentals.
    11    2.  The  division  shall  establish  and  distribute a guidance poster
    12  containing information, consistent with federal law  enforcement  recom-
    13  mendations,  on  suspicious  rental  vehicle activity and procedures for
    14  rental vehicle company employees to follow to assist in preventing vehi-
    15  cle ramming attacks. The poster shall include, but not be limited to:
    16    (a) a list of potentially suspicious activities that  individually  or
    17  in combination may be reportable including, but not limited to:
    18    (i) customer behaviors that may be considered suspicious;
    19    (ii)  suspicious  factors  that  an employee should be aware of when a
    20  rental vehicle is returned, such as  whether  the  vehicle  smells  like
    21  chemicals and whether the vehicle was altered; and
    22    (iii)  suspicious rental practices such as using cash for large trans-
    23  actions;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD05583-01-9

        A. 6860                             2
     1    (b) the national hotline number for an employee to use if they suspect
     2  illegal activity; and
     3    (c)  any other information deemed important by the division that would
     4  assist employees of rental vehicle companies in  identifying  suspicious
     5  rental activity.
     6    3.  Every rental vehicle company shall post such poster in a conspicu-
     7  ous place in a location frequented by employees, such as a break room.
     8    4.  Every rental vehicle company shall maintain  and  provide  to  the
     9  division a twenty-four hour a day contact number by which state or local
    10  law  enforcement  may  reach  appropriate  personnel for the handling of
    11  communications related to suspected terrorist activity.
    12    5.  The division shall take such steps as necessary to educate  rental
    13  vehicle  companies  on what may be considered suspicious rental activity
    14  and on the existence and use of the national hotline.  The  commissioner
    15  of  homeland  security  and emergency services, in consultation with the
    16  superintendent of state police and federal law enforcement  authorities,
    17  shall  update  the recommendations or general guidance provided pursuant
    18  to subdivision two of this section on  an  annual  basis  to  commercial
    19  motor  carrier  and  rental  vehicle  companies  to  enhance protections
    20  against a terrorist attack.
    21    6. Each rental vehicle  company  shall  conduct  annual  training  for
    22  employees  responsible  for  the rental or safeguarding of any vehicles.
    23  Such training shall include  information  from  state  and  federal  law
    24  enforcement  provided pursuant to subdivision two of this section on how
    25  employees can spot and report suspicious rental activity.
    26    7. No rental vehicle company, nor any employee or agent thereof  shall
    27  be  liable  for any civil damages for injuries resulting from any act of
    28  commission or omission on his or her part in the course of  his  or  her
    29  compliance with the provisions of this section, unless it is established
    30  that  such injuries were caused by gross negligence, or reckless, wanton
    31  or intentional misconduct, on the part of such rental  vehicle  company,
    32  or any employee or agent thereof.
    33    §  3.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    34  have become a law.
feedback