Requires the use of electronic coupling when providing prearranged transportation services to allow a passenger to confirm the prearranged match through an interactive exchange of signals on both the driver's handheld device and the passenger's handheld device.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
January 30, 2021
Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation
AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to requiring
the use of electronic coupling when providing prearranged transporta-
tion services to passengers
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new
2 section 1229-e to read as follows:
3 § 1229-e. Additional safety requirements for vehicles engaged in the
4 transportation of passengers. Any entity that provides a digital network
5 or application accessible by a handheld device to facilitate prearranged
6 transportation services to passengers, including services provided in
7 transportation network company vehicles, as defined in section sixteen
8 hundred ninety-one of this chapter, for-hire-vehicles, as defined by
9 section 19-502 of the administrative code of the city of New York, and
10 other commercial vehicles engaged in the for-hire transportation of
11 passengers, shall provide a system of interactive electronic coupling
12 between the passenger and the driver assigned to pick the passenger up.
13 Upon the arrival of such a vehicle or at any time during a prearranged
14 ride, the electronic coupling shall allow a passenger to confirm the
15 prearranged match through an interactive exchange of signals on both the
16 driver's handheld device and the passenger's handheld device.
17 § 2. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a
18 law. Effective immediately, the department of motor vehicles is author-
19 ized to promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary for the
20 implementation of this act on or before such effective date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.