Bill Text: NY A02142 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Relates to requiring all for-hire vehicles to comply with vehicle accessibility requirements; defines accessible vehicle and for-hire vehicle base station; requires a portion of for-hire vehicles affiliated with a for-hire vehicle base station be dedicated to be accessible vehicles; requires that by 2024, 50% of such for-hire vehicles of 1200 or more affiliated with a for-hire vehicle base station be accessible vehicles; fines violators $50-$150 per day from the date violation occurred until it is cured.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-22 - referred to cities [A02142 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A02142-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          2142
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 22, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced by M. of A. PICHARDO -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Cities
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  administrative code of the city of New York, in
          relation to for-hire vehicles; and providing for the  repeal  of  such
          provisions upon expiration thereof
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Subdivisions u and v of section 19-502 of  the  administra-
     2  tive  code  of  the city of New York, as added by local law number 51 of
     3  the city of New York for the year 1996, are amended to read as follows:
     4    u. "Black car" means a for-hire  vehicle  dispatched  from  a  central
     5  facility  whose  owner  holds  a franchise from the corporation or other
     6  business entity which operates such central facility, or who is a member
     7  of a cooperative that operates such central facility, where such central
     8  facility has certified to the satisfaction of the commission  that  more
     9  than  ninety percent of the central facility's for-hire business is on a
    10  payment basis other than direct  cash  payment  by  a  passenger  and/or
    11  covered  by  the New York black car operators' injury compensation fund,
    12  inc.  pursuant to section one hundred sixty-dd of the executive law.
    13    v. "Luxury limousine" means a for-hire  vehicle  which  is  dispatched
    14  from  a  central facility which has certified to the satisfaction of the
    15  commission that more than ninety percent of its for-hire business is  on
    16  a payment basis other than direct cash payment by a passenger, for which
    17  there  is  maintained personal injury insurance coverage of no less than
    18  five hundred thousand dollars per accident where one person  is  injured
    19  and  one  million  dollars  per accident for all persons injured in that
    20  same accident, whose passengers are charged on the basis  of  garage  to
    21  garage  service  and on a flat rate basis or per unit of time or mileage
    22  and/or covered by the New York black car operators' injury  compensation
    23  fund,  inc.    pursuant to section one hundred sixty-dd of the executive
    24  law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD06446-01-9

        A. 2142                             2
     1    § 2. Section 19-506 of the administrative code of the city of New York
     2  is amended by adding a new subdivision n to read as follows:
     3    n. 1. For the purposes of this subdivision:
     4    (a)  "Accessible  vehicle"  shall  have the same meaning as defined in
     5  section 19-534 of this chapter.
     6    (b) "For-hire vehicle base station" shall mean a  commission  licensed
     7  base  with  a  license base number that manages, organizes or dispatches
     8  any for-hire vehicle.
     9    2. As of the effective date of this subdivision:
    10    (a) Any vehicle to be newly placed into service as a for-hire  vehicle
    11  affiliated  with  a  for-hire vehicle base station to which one thousand
    12  two hundred or more for-hire vehicles are affiliated, must be an  acces-
    13  sible  vehicle  until such time as the provisions of subparagraph (c) of
    14  this paragraph are satisfied.
    15    (b) Each for-hire vehicle base  station  to  which  one  thousand  two
    16  hundred  or  more  for-hire  vehicles are affiliated, shall have no more
    17  than ninety days to begin to convert its  affiliated  vehicles  that  it
    18  replaces  or  retires  to  accessible vehicles until five percent of its
    19  affiliated vehicles are accessible vehicles.
    20    (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (b) of  this  para-
    21  graph,  by January first, two thousand twenty all for-hire vehicles base
    22  stations to which one thousand two hundred or more vehicles  are  affil-
    23  iated  shall,  by  January  first, two thousand twenty-four, convert its
    24  affiliated vehicles to accessible vehicles until at least fifty  percent
    25  of all such vehicles are accessible vehicles.
    26    Ninety  days  after  the  effective date of this subdivision, for-hire
    27  vehicle base stations to which one thousand two hundred or more vehicles
    28  are affiliated must submit a plan which  shall  include  a  schedule  to
    29  comply with this subdivision, for the approval of the commission.
    30    (d)  Beginning on the effective date of this subdivision, a moratorium
    31  is hereby placed on the licensing  of  any  new  for-hire  vehicle  base
    32  station  or  for-hire vehicle provided, however, that a for-hire vehicle
    33  base station with fewer than one thousand two hundred  affiliated  vehi-
    34  cles may add affiliated vehicles until such base has an additional twen-
    35  ty  percent of the number of affiliated vehicles it had on the effective
    36  date of this subdivision if an environmental impact statement  conducted
    37  by  the  New York city department of environmental protection finds that
    38  adding such new vehicles will not negatively affect the environment.
    39    3. Failure to comply with the provisions  of  paragraph  two  of  this
    40  subdivision  shall  constitute  a  violation punishable by a fine of not
    41  less than fifty dollars and not more than one hundred fifty dollars  per
    42  day  per  car  from  the  date  a violation occurred until the date such
    43  violation is cured. A violation may also be grounds  for  revocation  or
    44  denial of licensing, or renewal thereof, under this chapter.
    45    §  3.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
    46  deemed repealed three years after it shall have become a law.
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