Bill Text: NY S05536 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Requires the issuance and display of a TNC driver identification card which includes such driver's name, photograph and license plate number, and additionally requires each TNC vehicle to display an illuminated sign indicating the TNC for which the TNC driver is providing the TNC service or TNC prearranged trip; requires rules to implement a machine-readable code or image.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-14 - PRINT NUMBER 5536C [S05536 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S05536-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         5536--C

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                       May 6, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced by Sens. BRESLIN, CARLUCCI, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered
          printed,  and  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Trans-
          portation -- 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  -- 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  the  iden-
          tification of transportation network company drivers and vehicles

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

     1    Section 1.  Subdivision 5 of section 1692 of the vehicle  and  traffic
     2  law,  as  added  by  section  2 of part AAA of chapter 59 of the laws of
     3  2017, is amended to read as follows:
     4    5. A TNC's digital network shall display a picture of the TNC  driver,
     5  and  provide  the make, model, color and license plate number of the TNC
     6  vehicle utilized for providing  the  TNC  prearranged  trip  before  the
     7  passenger enters the TNC vehicle.  The digital network shall also enable
     8  the passenger to scan, with the passenger's mobile device, the TNC vehi-
     9  cle's machine-readable code or image required by section sixteen hundred
    10  ninety-six  of this article, prior to entering the TNC vehicle and prior
    11  to the release of payment, in order to confirm that the TNC  vehicle  is
    12  the one authorized for the passenger's TNC prearranged trip.
    13    §  2. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 1 and subdivision 5 of section 1696
    14  of the vehicle and traffic law, as added by section 2  of  part  AAA  of
    15  chapter  59  of the laws of 2017, are amended and a new subdivision 6 is
    16  added to read as follows:
    17    (c) Upon review of all information received and retained  by  the  TNC
    18  and  upon  verifying that the individual is not disqualified pursuant to
    19  this section from receiving a TNC driver permit, a TNC may issue  a  TNC
    20  driver  permit  to  the  applicant. The TNC shall review all information

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD11064-07-9

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     1  received relating to such applicant and hold such  information  for  six
     2  years  along  with  a  certification  that  such  applicant qualifies to
     3  receive a TNC driver permit.  A TNC shall issue a TNC driver identifica-
     4  tion  card,  in  a  form prescribed and approved by the commissioner, to
     5  each individual who qualifies to receive a TNC driver permit pursuant to
     6  this article. Such TNC driver identification card shall, at  a  minimum,
     7  include  the name and photograph of the TNC driver and the license plate
     8  number of the TNC vehicle utilized for  providing  the  TNC  prearranged
     9  trip  by such TNC driver, and shall be posted within such TNC vehicle in
    10  a manner that is legible, clear and conspicuous  to  passengers  in  all
    11  seating positions of such TNC vehicles.
    12    5. The department shall promulgate regulations to ensure that each TNC
    13  vehicle  is easily identified as such and that the TNC for which the TNC
    14  driver is providing the TNC service or TNC prearranged trip  is  distin-
    15  guishable.  Such  marking  shall  be  in such form as is approved by the
    16  commissioner, which shall at a minimum include an illuminated sign indi-
    17  cating the TNC for which the TNC driver is providing the TNC service  or
    18  TNC  prearranged  trip,  and  shall be attached, affixed or displayed in
    19  such manner as he or she may prescribe by regulation.
    20    6. The department shall promulgate regulations to require each TNC  to
    21  provide  each  TNC  driver with a machine-readable code or image, and to
    22  require such machine-readable code or  image  to  be  displayed  on  the
    23  outside  of  each TNC vehicle. Such machine-readable code or image shall
    24  be designed to allow the passenger to confirm, prior to entering  a  TNC
    25  vehicle,  that  such  TNC  vehicle is the authorized TNC vehicle for the
    26  passenger's TNC prearranged trip, using the  TNC's  digital  network  as
    27  provided  by  subdivision  five of section sixteen hundred ninety-two of
    28  this article.
    29    § 3. Section 1691 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by  adding
    30  a new subdivision 8 to read as follows:
    31    8.  "Machine-readable code or image" means an optical label containing
    32  information in a form legible and  comprehensible  through  the  use  of
    33  mechanical  or  computing devices, including portable electronic devices
    34  and mobile telephones with built-in cameras and computing capability.
    35    § 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    36  it shall have become a law.  Effective immediately, the addition, amend-
    37  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    38  tation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be  made  and
    39  completed on or before such effective date.
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