|SAME AS||SAME AS A00837-A|
|Add S375-b, V & T L; add S3635-d, amd S3623-a, Ed L|
|Mandates ignition interlock devices for school buses manufactured after July 1, 2016; authorizes school boards to determine the specifics of retrofitting school buses manufactured prior to such date; permits school boards to adopt policies requiring installation and use of such devices; provides state aid for expenses incurred for such devices.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1347--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (Prefiled) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, LARKIN, PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Trans- portation -- recommitted to the Committee on Transportation in accord- ance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law and the education law, in relation to mandating ignition interlock 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. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new 2 section 375-b to read as follows: 3 § 375-b. Ignition interlock devices for school buses. 1. Every school 4 bus, as defined in section one hundred forty-two of this chapter, manu- 5 factured for use in this state on and after July first, two thousand 6 sixteen, shall be equipped with a functioning ignition interlock device 7 of a type and specification as approved by the National Highway Traffic 8 Safety Administration and the commissioner of transportation through the 9 adoption of rules and regulations. Such rules and regulations shall 10 include provisions for setting the calibration and shall include, but 11 not be limited to, requirements that the devices: 12 (a) have features that make circumventing difficult and that do not 13 interfere with the normal or safe operation of the vehicle; 14 (b) work accurately and reliably in an unsupervised environment; 15 (c) resist tampering and give evidence if tampering is attempted; 16 (d) minimize inconvenience to a sober user; 17 (e) operate reliably over the range of automobile environments; and 18 (f) are manufactured by a party covered by product liability insur- 19 ance. 20 2. Any school bus as defined in section one hundred forty-two of this 21 chapter, which is scheduled for retrofitting pursuant to action by a EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02305-02-4S. 1347--A 2 1 board of education or board of trustees under section thirty-six hundred 2 thirty-five-d of the education law shall be retrofitted so that all such 3 vehicles are equipped with an ignition interlocking device in accordance 4 with the provisions of this section. 5 3. For the purposes of this section, the term "ignition interlocking 6 device" shall mean a device that connects to a motor vehicle ignition 7 system and prevents the operation of a motor vehicle by an intoxicated 8 or impaired person. 9 § 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 3635-d to 10 read as follows: 11 § 3635-d. Ignition interlock device usage. 1. A board of education or 12 board of trustees may, in its discretion, following a public hearing for 13 the purpose of determining whether a resolution shall be adopted, 14 provide for the use of ignition interlock devices on school buses, in 15 accordance with regulations and standards established by the commission- 16 er of transportation under subdivision one of section three hundred 17 seventy-five-b of the vehicle and traffic law. 18 2. Such public hearing, conducted upon reasonable notice, shall be 19 held to consider: (a) whether the district shall install ignition inter- 20 lock devices on buses purchased and/or contracted for prior to the 21 effective date of this section and require their use; (b) when such 22 installation shall be provided; and (c) whether use of ignition inter- 23 lock devices shall be required on all school buses within the district 24 so equipped after a date to be determined by the board of education or 25 board of trustees. 26 3. Within twenty days after the public hearing, the board of education 27 or board of trustees shall, by resolution, determine whether to require 28 installation and use of ignition interlock devices on some or all school 29 buses. 30 4. This section shall apply only to vehicles owned or leased by school 31 districts and nonpublic schools, and to vehicles used to perform 32 contracts with such school districts and nonpublic schools for the 33 purpose of transporting school children for hire. 34 5. Nothing in this section shall be construed to impose a duty upon 35 boards of education or boards of trustees to provide ignition interlock 36 devices on school buses purchased or contracted for prior to the effec- 37 tive date of this section, nor shall any board of education or board of 38 trustees be held liable for failure to provide ignition interlock 39 devices pursuant to this section. A school board member or trustee shall 40 have immunity from any civil or criminal liability that might otherwise 41 be incurred or imposed as a result of the provisions of this section 42 provided that such person shall have acted in good faith. For the 43 purpose of any proceeding, civil or criminal, the good faith of any such 44 person shall be presumed. 45 6. The provisions of this section shall not apply to school districts 46 that are using ignition interlock devices on school buses or have 47 installed or have contracted for the installation of ignition interlock 48 devices prior to the effective date of this section. 49 § 3. Subdivision 2 of section 3623-a of the education law is amended 50 by adding a new paragraph f to read as follows: 51 f. Expenses incurred for ignition interlock devices for school buses 52 in accordance with section three hundred seventy-five-b of the vehicle 53 and traffic law and section thirty-six hundred thirty-five-d of this 54 article, as approved pursuant to regulations of the commissioner of 55 transportation.S. 1347--A 3 1 § 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016; provided, however, that 2 effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule 3 or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec- 4 tive date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or 5 before such effective date.