Bill Text: NY S00391 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires applicants for the renewal of a driver's license to prove they have acceptable vision to operate a motor vehicle.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-09 - REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION [S00391 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S00391-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- 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  requiring
          applicants  for the renewal of a driver's license to complete a vision
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 6 of section 502 of the vehi-
     2  cle and traffic law, as amended by section 3 of part K of chapter 59  of
     3  the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
     4    (a)  A  license  issued  pursuant  to subdivision five of this section
     5  shall be valid until the expiration date contained thereon, unless  such
     6  license  is suspended, revoked or cancelled. Such license may be renewed
     7  by submission of an application for renewal, the fee prescribed by  law,
     8  proofs  of  prior licensing, fitness and acceptable vision prescribed by
     9  the  commissioner,  the  applicant's  social  security  number,  and  if
    10  required  by  the  commissioner  a  photo image of the applicant in such
    11  numbers and form as the commissioner shall prescribe.    Such  proof  of
    12  acceptable  vision  shall  require  the  applicant to pass a vision test
    13  administered by the commissioner or his or her agent,  or  to  submit  a
    14  certification, signed by a physician, physician assistant, nurse practi-
    15  tioner,  optometrist  or  optician,  attesting  that  the  applicant has
    16  adequate vision to operate a motor vehicle as determined by the  commis-
    17  sioner.  In addition, an applicant for renewal of a license containing a
    18  hazardous material endorsement shall pass an examination to retain  such
    19  endorsement.  The  commissioner  shall, with respect to the renewal of a
    20  hazardous materials endorsement, comply with  the  requirements  imposed
    21  upon  states  by sections 383.141 and 1572.13 of title 49 of the code of
    22  federal regulations. A renewal of such license shall be  issued  by  the
    23  commissioner  upon  approval  of  such  application, except that no such
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  license shall be issued if its issuance would be inconsistent  with  the
     2  provisions  of  section  five  hundred sixteen of this title, and except
     3  that the commissioner may refuse to renew such license if the  applicant
     4  is  the holder of a currently valid or renewable license to drive issued
     5  by another state or foreign country unless the applicant surrenders such
     6  license.
     7    § 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
     8  have become a law.