Bill Text: NY S01925 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Removes caps on automated enforcement cameras for bus lanes and traffic lights in the city of New York, increases penalties and creates a graduated schedule of fines for repeat offenders, and directs that fines be deposited in the general transportation account of the New York city transportation assistance fund; extends the effectiveness of part II of chapter 59 of the laws of 2010 amending the vehicle and traffic law and the public officers law relating to establishing a bus rapid transit demonstration program to restrict the use of bus lanes by means of bus lane photo devices.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 19-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-06-18 - referred to transportation [S01925 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S01925-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         1925--B

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                    January 17, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  Sens.  KRUEGER,  COMRIE, GOUNARDES, HOYLMAN, LIU, RAMOS,
          SKOUFIS, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when  printed
          to  be  committed  to  the  Committee  on  Transportation -- committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN  ACT  to  amend  the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to removing
          caps on automated enforcement cameras for bus lanes in the city of New
          York and creating a graduated schedule of fines for  repeat  offenders
          and  to  amend part II of chapter 59 of the laws of 2010, amending the
          vehicle and traffic law and the public officers law relating to estab-
          lishing a bus rapid transit demonstration program to restrict the  use
          of  bus  lanes  by means of bus lane photo devices, in relation to the
          effectiveness thereof

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1. Paragraph 4 of subdivision (a), paragraph 5 of subdivision
     2  (c) and subdivisions (e) and (m) of section 1111-c of  the  vehicle  and
     3  traffic  law,  as  amended  and subdivision (m) as added by section 6 of
     4  part NNN of chapter 59 of the laws of  2018,  are  amended  to  read  as
     5  follows:
     6    4.  Within  the  city of New York, such bus lane photo devices [shall]
     7  may only be operated on designated bus lanes [within the bus rapid tran-
     8  sit program and only from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.]. Warning  notices  of
     9  violation  be  issued  during  the  first sixty days that bus lane photo
    10  devices are operated on each route in the bus rapid transit program that
    11  is established after June fifteenth, two thousand fifteen.
    12    5. "bus rapid transit program" shall mean [up to  ten]  routes  desig-
    13  nated  by the New York city department of transportation in consultation
    14  with the applicable mass transit agency, in addition to  the  Bus  Rapid
    15  Transit  Phase  I  plan routes, that operate on designated bus lanes and

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD02537-08-9

        S. 1925--B                          2

     1  that may include upgraded signage, enhanced road markings,  minimum  bus
     2  stop spacing, off-board fare payment, traffic signal priority for buses,
     3  and any other enhancement that increases bus speed or reliability.
     4    (e)  An owner liable for a violation of a bus lane restriction imposed
     5  on any route within a bus rapid transit  program  shall  be  liable  for
     6  monetary  penalties in accordance with a schedule of fines and penalties
     7  promulgated by the parking violations bureau of the city  of  New  York;
     8  provided,  however,  that  the monetary penalty for violating a bus lane
     9  restriction shall not exceed [one hundred fifteen]  fifty  dollars,  one
    10  hundred  dollars  for a second offense within a twelve-month period, one
    11  hundred fifty dollars for a third offense within a twelve-month  period,
    12  two  hundred  dollars for a fourth offense within a twelve-month period,
    13  and two hundred fifty dollars  for  each  subsequent  offense  within  a
    14  twelve-month  period;  provided,  further, that an owner shall be liable
    15  for an additional penalty not to exceed  twenty-five  dollars  for  each
    16  violation for the failure to respond to a notice of liability within the
    17  prescribed time period.
    18    (m)  Any  revenue  from fines and penalties collected pursuant to this
    19  section from any mobile bus lane photo devices [that were authorized  to
    20  be  installed pursuant to a chapter of the laws of two thousand eighteen
    21  that added this subdivision], not including any revenue shared with  the
    22  city  of New York pursuant to agreement shall be remitted by the city of
    23  New York to the applicable mass transit agency on a quarterly  basis  to
    24  be  deposited in the general transportation account of the New York city
    25  transportation assistance fund established pursuant  to  section  twelve
    26  hundred seventy-i of the public authorities law.
    27    §  2.  The opening paragraph of section 14 of part II of chapter 59 of
    28  the laws of 2010, amending the vehicle and traffic law  and  the  public
    29  officers  law relating to establishing a bus rapid transit demonstration
    30  program to restrict the use of bus lanes by  means  of  bus  lane  photo
    31  devices,  as  amended  by chapter 239 of the laws of 2015, is amended to
    32  read as follows:
    33    This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after  it  shall  have
    34  become  a  law  and shall expire [10] 15 years after such effective date
    35  when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed repealed;
    36  and provided that any rules and regulations related to this act shall be
    37  promulgated on or before such effective date, provided that:
    38    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the  amend-
    39  ments  to  section 1111-c of the vehicle and traffic law made by section
    40  one of this act shall not affect the repeal of such section and shall be
    41  deemed repealed therewith.  Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
    42  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    43  tation  of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to
    44  be made and completed on or before such effective date.
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