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A06861 Summary:

BILL NOA06861
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSOROrtiz
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add 107-a, 114-e, 159-b & 391-a, V & T L
 
Provides an exemption from any congestion pricing fees for any clean fuel vehicle, electric vehicle, or vehicle that meets the clean vehicle standards.
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A06861 Actions:

BILL NOA06861
 
03/22/2019referred to transportation
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A06861 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A6861
 
SPONSOR: Ortiz
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to providing an exemption from any congestion pricing fees for any clean fuel vehicle, electric vehicle, or vehicle that meets the clean vehicle standards   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill provide an exemption from any congestion pricing fees, enforced by the state, for any clean fuel vehicle, electric vehicles, or vehicle that meets the clean vehicle standards.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. The vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding four new sections 107-a, 114-e,159-b and 391-a to read as: Clean fuel vehicle. Every motor vehicle which qualified as clean-fuel vehicle property pursuant to subsection (c) of section one hundred seventy-nine-A of the federal internal revenue code. 114-e. Electric vehicle. Every motor vehicle which is a qualified elec- tric vehicle pursuant to subsection of section thirty of the federal internal revenue code. 159-b. Vehicle that meets the clean vehicle standards. Every motor vehi- cle which (a) is certified, as provided for under the provisions of the Federal Clean Air Act as meeting exhaust emissions standards for super- ultra- low emission vehicles which the state of California has adopted and which other states are permitted to adopt under 42 U.S.C. section 7503 and has a fuel efficiency for vehicles in its weight class 391-a. Exemption from congestion pricing for clean vehicles. Any clean fuel vehicle, electric vehicle, or vehicle that meets the clean vehicle standards shall be exempt from any congestion pricing fees implemented in the state. Any congestion pricing program implemented in the state shall be required to contain in the terms of such program an exemption from any fees for any clean fuel vehicle, electric vehicle, or vehicle that meets the clean vehicle standards.   JUSTIFICATION: Climate change is a real and serious threat to the health, welfare and prosperity of all New Yorkers. The consensus of the international scien- tific community is that climate change will lead to rising sea levels, increasingly intense storm events and droughts, as well as threats to global water and food supplies and loss of critical biodiversity, threatening lives, livelihoods and the integrity of our society. Among the risks New York faces are: Harm to human health and safety; increas- ing healthcare costs, increasing costs to municipalities and local governments; higher insurance costs; loss of property value and contam- ination of water. This legislation seeks to give an incentive for New Yorkers to help change the ramifications of carbon emissions which is one of the largest contributors to climate change. There should be incentives not penalties for owners who want to contribute to saving our planets future. On any given workday, the Manhattan Central Business District hosts nearly two million workers from around the region, hundreds of thousands of tourists, and several hundred thousand residents. Streets are congested with cars, trucks, buses, taxis, pedestrians, and cyclists. The saturated roadways slow bus service, because emergency vehicles to lose valuable response time, and contribute to the region's air pollution problems. Congestion pricing has been proposed to address these issues. One incentive that could be considered to help meet the goal of improving air quality is to allow hybrid or other types of low- emissions vehicles to enter the congestion pricing zone without paying a fee. Similar incentives have been adopted in locations throughout the United States and London. These incentives are credited with spurring growth in alternative fuel vehicle sales in these regions. London has implemented emissions related charges in its congestion charge zone. The emissions-related charges offer a 100 percent discount to the lowest emission vehicles, standard charges for most standard passenger car models, and additional fees for inefficient vehicles. A Transport for London study found that this policy will likely have a minor effect on vehicle fleet composition, traffic congestion, and envi- ronmental and air quality.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2018: A10314 referred to transportation   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Yet to be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A06861 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          6861
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     March 22, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. ORTIZ -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Transportation
 
        AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to providing an
          exemption from any congestion pricing fees for any clean fuel vehicle,
          electric vehicle, or vehicle that meets the clean vehicle standards

          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 four new
     2  sections 107-a, 114-e, 159-b and 391-a to read as follows:
     3    § 107-a. Clean fuel vehicle. Every motor vehicle  which  qualifies  as
     4  clean-fuel  vehicle  property  pursuant to subsection (c) of section one
     5  hundred seventy-nine-A of the federal Internal Revenue Code.
     6    § 114-e. Electric vehicle. Every motor vehicle which  is  a  qualified
     7  electric  vehicle  pursuant  to  subsection (c) of section thirty of the
     8  federal Internal Revenue Code.
     9    § 159-b. Vehicle that meets the clean vehicle standards.  Every  motor
    10  vehicle which  (a) is certified, as provided for under the provisions of
    11  the  federal  Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. section 7401 et seq., as amended)
    12  as meeting exhaust emission standards for super-ultra-low emission vehi-
    13  cles which the state of California has adopted (California Code of Regu-
    14  lations, Title 13) and is permitted to adopt  under  42  U.S.C.  section
    15  7543,  and  which  other  states  are permitted to adopt under 42 U.S.C.
    16  section 7503, and (b) has a fuel efficiency that is  at  least  one  and
    17  one-half  times  the  average fuel efficiency for vehicles in its weight
    18  class.
    19    § 391-a. Exemption from congestion pricing  for  clean  vehicles.  Any
    20  clean  fuel  vehicle,  electric vehicle, or vehicle that meets the clean
    21  vehicle standards shall be  exempt  from  any  congestion  pricing  fees
    22  implemented  in the state. Any congestion pricing program implemented in
    23  the state shall be required to contain in the terms of such  program  an
    24  exemption from any fees for any clean fuel vehicle, electric vehicle, or
    25  vehicle that meets the clean vehicle standards.
    26    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD10915-01-9
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