|SAME AS||No Same As|
|COSPNSR||Ceretto, Mosley, Simon, Thiele, Gottfried, Jean-Pierre|
|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.|
|10/30/2015||referred to transportation|
|01/06/2016||referred to transportation|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A8547 SPONSOR: Titone
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring the installation of tracking and monitoring equip- ment of school buses; to amend the education law, in relation to author- izing 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 traf- fic 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 trau- matized 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 where- abouts.   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.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 8547 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY October 30, 2015 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. TITONE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Transportation 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 § 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. LBD11977-01-5A. 8547 2 1 technology, and (x) the purchase of other equipment as prescribed in the 2 regulations of the commissioner; and 3 § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after 4 it shall have become a law.