BILL NO A08547
SAME AS No same as
Amd S375, V & T L; amd S3623-a, Ed L
Requires the installation of tracking and monitoring equipment of school buses;
authorizes the purchase and installation of global positioning system devices
for school buses.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in
relation to requiring the installation of tracking and monitoring
equipment of school buses; to amend the education law, in relation to
authorizing the purchase and installation of global positioning system
devices for school buses
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Requires the installation of tracking
and monitoring equipment of school buses; authorizes the purchase and
installation of GPS tracking devices for school buses.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the vehicle and
traffic law by adding a new subdivision 21-j which mandates every
school bus to be equipped with a global positioning system or similar
technology. Section 2 amends section 3623A of the education law by
authorizing the purchase and installation of global positioning
systems or other similar technology.
JUSTIFICATION: On September 18, 2015, Erika Rotbart, mother of a five
year old non-verbal, autistic child named Aiden, was waiting for her
son at the bus stop. When the bus did not arrive as scheduled, she
called the school, police, Department of Education, and the bus
company, none of whom could locate her son or provide an explanation
as to the delay. After more than four hours of severe alarm and terror
Aiden was finally reunited with his mother, but was suffering from
dehydration, had wet his pants, and was emotionally and mentally
distressed. He is now traumatized from his experience and unable to
ride the bus, while other parents and caregivers understandably have
lost all confidence in the bus company employed by the school. This
unacceptable situation could have been avoided if the school bus Aiden
was riding in was equipped with a GPS tracking device.
While many school districts in this country have equipped their buses
with technology to allow parents to track their child's location with
an app available on any smartphone or tablet, it is not required to be
included, maintained, or even turned on. Given that it is not the
first time something like this has happened to a child on a school
bus, it is essential measures be taken to ensure history will not be
repeated. This bill will ensure the children of New York State have a
safer ride to and from school and provide parents, particularly of
those with special needs or disabilities, with peace of mind about
their child's whereabouts.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 180th day after it
shall have become law.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
October 30, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. TITONE -- read once and referred to the Committee
AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring
the installation of tracking and monitoring equipment of school buses;
to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing the purchase
and installation of global positioning system devices for school buses
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by
2 adding a new subdivision 21-j to read as follows:
3 21-J. EVERY SCHOOL BUS SHALL HAVE A DEVICE OR EQUIPMENT FOR THE TRACK-
4 ING AND MONITORING OF SUCH SCHOOL BUS THROUGH A GLOBAL POSITIONING
5 SYSTEM OR SIMILAR TECHNOLOGY.
6 S 2. Paragraph c of subdivision 2 of section 3623-a of the education
7 law, as amended by chapter 453 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read
8 as follows:
9 c. The purchase of equipment deemed a proper school district expense,
10 including: (i) the purchase of two-way radios to be used on old and new
11 school buses, (ii) the purchase of stop-arms, to be used on old and new
12 school buses, (iii) the purchase and installation of seat safety belts
13 on school buses in accordance with the provisions of section thirty-six
14 hundred thirty-five-a of this article, (iv) the purchase of school bus
15 back up beepers, (v) the purchase of school bus front crossing arms,
16 (vi) the purchase of school bus safety sensor devices, (vii) the
17 purchase and installation of exterior reflective marking on school
18 buses, (viii) the purchase of automatic engine fire extinguishing
19 systems for school buses used to transport students who use wheelchairs
20 or other assistive mobility devices, [and] (ix) THE PURCHASE AND INSTAL-
21 LATION OF DEVICES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED FOR TRACKING AND MONITORING
22 SCHOOL BUSES THAT ARE BASED ON GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM OR SIMILAR
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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1 TECHNOLOGY, AND (X) the purchase of other equipment as prescribed in the
2 regulations of the commissioner; and
3 S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
4 it shall have become a law.