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A07486 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          7486
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     April 27, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. CRESPO -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Transportation
 
        AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requirements
          for licensing
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 502 of the vehicle and traffic law
     2  is amended by adding a new paragraph (c-3) to read as follows:
     3    (c-3) "Motorcycle Safety" awareness component. The commissioner  shall
     4  provide  in the pre-licensing course, set forth in paragraph (b) of this
     5  subdivision, a mandatory  component  in  "Motorcycle  Safety"  awareness
     6  education  as  a prerequisite for obtaining a license to operate a motor
     7  vehicle. The purpose of the component is to educate  prospective  licen-
     8  sees  on  the  potential dangers to persons operating motorcycles on the
     9  roadway.
    10    § 2. Subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section 502
    11  of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 458 of the laws of
    12  2011, is amended to read as follows:
    13    (i) Upon submission of an application  for  a  driver's  license,  the
    14  applicant  shall be required to take and pass a test, or submit evidence
    15  of passage of a test, with respect to the laws relating to traffic,  the
    16  laws  relating to driving while ability is impaired and while intoxicat-
    17  ed, under the overpowering influence of "Road  Rage",  [or]  "Work  Zone
    18  Safety"  awareness  and  "Motorcycle Safety" awareness as defined by the
    19  commissioner, the law relating to exercising due care to avoid colliding
    20  with a parked, stopped  or  standing  authorized  emergency  vehicle  or
    21  hazard  vehicle  pursuant to section eleven hundred forty-four-a of this
    22  chapter, the ability to read and comprehend traffic  signs  and  symbols
    23  and  such other matters as the commissioner may prescribe, and to satis-
    24  factorily complete a course prescribed by the commissioner of  not  less
    25  than  four  hours  and not more than five hours, consisting of classroom
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD07622-01-7

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     1  driver training and highway safety instruction or the equivalent  there-
     2  of.  Such test shall include at least seven written questions concerning
     3  the effects of consumption of alcohol or  drugs  on  the  ability  of  a
     4  person  to  operate  a  motor vehicle and the legal and financial conse-
     5  quences resulting from violations of section eleven  hundred  ninety-two
     6  of  this  chapter,  prohibiting  the  operation of a motor vehicle while
     7  under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Such test shall include one  or
     8  more written questions concerning the devastating effects of "Road Rage"
     9  on  the ability of a person to operate a motor vehicle and the legal and
    10  financial consequences resulting from assaulting, threatening or  inter-
    11  fering with the lawful conduct of another person legally using the road-
    12  way. Such test shall include one or more questions concerning the poten-
    13  tial  dangers  to  persons  and  equipment  resulting  from  the  unsafe
    14  operation of a motor vehicle in a work zone. Such test shall include one
    15  or more questions concerning the potential dangers to persons  operating
    16  motorcycles  on  the  road.  Such test may include one or more questions
    17  concerning the law for exercising due care to  avoid  colliding  with  a
    18  parked, stopped or standing authorized emergency vehicle or hazard vehi-
    19  cle  pursuant  to  section  eleven hundred forty-four-a of this chapter.
    20  Such test shall be administered by the  commissioner.  The  commissioner
    21  shall  cause  the  applicant  to take a vision test and a test for color
    22  blindness. Upon passage of the  vision  test,  the  application  may  be
    23  accepted and the application fee shall be payable.
    24    §  3.    Subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section
    25  502 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 97 of the laws
    26  of 2016, is amended to read as follows:
    27    (i) Upon submission of an application  for  a  driver's  license,  the
    28  applicant  shall be required to take and pass a test, or submit evidence
    29  of passage of a test, with respect to the laws relating to traffic,  the
    30  laws  relating to driving while ability is impaired and while intoxicat-
    31  ed, under the overpowering influence of "Road  Rage",  [or]  "Work  Zone
    32  Safety"  awareness  and  "motorcycle safety" awareness as defined by the
    33  commissioner, the law relating to exercising due care to avoid colliding
    34  with a parked, stopped  or  standing  authorized  emergency  vehicle  or
    35  hazard  vehicle  pursuant to section eleven hundred forty-four-a of this
    36  chapter, the ability to read and comprehend traffic  signs  and  symbols
    37  and  such other matters as the commissioner may prescribe, and to satis-
    38  factorily complete a course prescribed by the commissioner of  not  less
    39  than  four  hours  and not more than five hours, consisting of classroom
    40  driver training and highway safety instruction or the equivalent  there-
    41  of.  Such test shall include at least seven written questions concerning
    42  the effects of consumption of alcohol or  drugs  on  the  ability  of  a
    43  person  to  operate  a  motor vehicle and the legal and financial conse-
    44  quences resulting from violations of section eleven  hundred  ninety-two
    45  of  this  chapter,  prohibiting  the  operation of a motor vehicle while
    46  under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Such test shall include one  or
    47  more written questions concerning the devastating effects of "Road Rage"
    48  on  the ability of a person to operate a motor vehicle and the legal and
    49  financial consequences resulting from assaulting, threatening or  inter-
    50  fering with the lawful conduct of another person legally using the road-
    51  way. Such test shall include one or more questions concerning the poten-
    52  tial  dangers  to  persons  and  equipment  resulting  from  the  unsafe
    53  operation of a motor vehicle in a work zone. Such test shall include one
    54  or more questions concerning  potential  dangers  to  persons  operating
    55  motorcycles  on  the  road.  Such test may include one or more questions
    56  concerning the law for exercising due care to  avoid  colliding  with  a

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     1  parked,  stopped  or standing vehicle pursuant to section eleven hundred
     2  forty-four-a of this chapter. Such test shall  be  administered  by  the
     3  commissioner.  The  commissioner  shall  cause  the  applicant to take a
     4  vision  test  and a test for color blindness. Upon passage of the vision
     5  test, the application may be accepted and the application fee  shall  be
     6  payable.
     7    §  4.  This  act  shall  take  effect  immediately; provided, however,
     8  section three of this act shall take effect on the same date and in  the
     9  same manner as chapter 97 of the laws of 2016, takes effect.
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