A02185 Summary:

BILL NOA02185
 
SAME ASSAME AS S03169
 
SPONSORRosenthal L
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd §24-241, NYC Ad Cd
 
Requires alternating high and low, two-toned signal devices on emergency services vehicles in New York city.
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A02185 Actions:

BILL NOA02185
 
01/23/2023referred to cities
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A02185 Committee Votes:

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A02185 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A02185 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2185
 
SPONSOR: Rosenthal L
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring alternating high and low, two-toned signal devices on emergency services vehicles   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To address one of the most common NYC noise complaints-excessively loud sirens.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends the NYC Administrative Code to give clearer guidance on the type of emergency sirens that are permissible.   JUSTIFICATION: Just because loud sirens have become the norm in many of our communi- ties, does not mean they are the most effective device to facilitate the express movements of emergency vehicles. Other countries have, for decades, employed alternating high and low, two-toned signal devices with success.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2021-22: A.10579 - Referred to Cities; S.8601 - Referred to Cities   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None of consequence noted.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 180 days after it shall have become a law.
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A02185 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2185
 
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 23, 2023
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Cities
 
        AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the  city  of  New  York,  in
          relation  to  requiring  alternating  high  and  low, two-toned signal
          devices on emergency services vehicles

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  Subdivision  (b)  of section 24-241 of the administrative
     2  code of the city of New York, as added by local law number  113  of  the
     3  city of New York for the year 2005, is amended to read as follows:
     4    (b)  No  person  shall  operate  or permit to be operated an emergency
     5  signal device installed on an authorized emergency vehicle  [that  when]
     6  unless:
     7    1.  When  operated  at  the maximum level such emergency signal device
     8  creates a sound level [in excess of] that does not exceed 90 dB(A)  when
     9  measured at a distance of fifty feet from the center of the forward face
    10  of such vehicle[.]; and
    11    2.  Such emergency signal device produces an alternating high and low,
    12  two-toned sound in accordance with implementation standards  established
    13  by the department.
    14    (c)  Within  one year after the effective date of this subdivision and
    15  every two  years  thereafter,  emergency  signal  devices  installed  on
    16  authorized emergency vehicles shall be tested and certification shall be
    17  submitted,  in a form approved by the department, that such devices meet
    18  the [standard] standards set forth in [this]  subdivision  (b)  of  this
    19  section  for operation at maximum level and with an alternating high and
    20  low two-toned sound. Notwithstanding  the  foregoing  provisions,  where
    21  compliance with the provisions of [this] subdivision (b) of this section
    22  would  create  an undue hardship, the owner or operator of an authorized
    23  emergency vehicle may submit a plan to the  commissioner  for  emergency
    24  signal  devices  to  meet  the  [standard] standards set forth in [this]
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD05850-01-3

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     1  subdivision (b) of this section within two  years  after  the  effective
     2  date  of  this subdivision. Such plan shall be submitted within one year
     3  after the effective date of this subdivision in  lieu  of  the  required
     4  certification. [This subdivision shall not apply to authorized emergency
     5  vehicles  of  the police department, fire department or authorized emer-
     6  gency vehicles responding to medical emergencies.]
     7    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
     8  it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition,  amend-
     9  ment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implemen-
    10  tation  of  this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and
    11  completed on or before such effective date.
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