Excludes applicants for a driver's license or renewal who have suffered a loss of consciousness caused by a collision from persons required to submit physicians' statements as a condition of licensing; requires the commissioner to provide a notice of suspension electronically in addition to mailing such notice where the licensee has an active online account with DMV.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
October 20, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN -- read once and referred to the Committee
AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to applicants
for a driver's license who have suffered a loss of consciousness
resulting from the impact of a collision
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Paragraph b of subdivision 9 of section 502 of the vehicle
2 and traffic law, as amended by chapter 31 of the laws of 2020, is
3 amended and a new paragraph g is added to read as follows:
4 b. As used in this subdivision, the following terms shall have the
5 following meanings: "loss of consciousness" shall mean the condition of
6 not being aware of one's surroundings or of one's existence and the
7 inability to receive, interpret or react to sensory impressions as the
8 result of epilepsy, syncope, cataplexy, narcolepsy and other disorders
9 affecting consciousness and control, but shall not apply to a state of
10 unconsciousness caused by or directly resulting from the impact of a
11 collision; and "evidence of loss of consciousness" shall mean a police
12 accident report filed pursuant to section six hundred three of this
13 chapter indicating a loss of consciousness, no matter how denominated,
14 as the cause of an accident, or admission by an applicant or licensee,
15 or a complaint alleging loss of consciousness received from police agen-
16 cies and others.
17 g. In addition to mailing a notice of suspension to a licensee pursu-
18 ant to paragraph d of this subdivision, the commissioner shall also
19 provide a copy of such notice of suspension electronically to any such
20 licensee who has an active online account with the department.
21 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.