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File #: Res 1000-2011    Version: * Name: Qualifications of bus drivers. (A.8113)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 9/8/2011
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Assembly to pass and the Governor to sign A.8113, in relation to the qualifications of bus drivers.
Sponsors: James F. Gennaro, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Karen Koslowitz, Michael C. Nelson, James Vacca, G. Oliver Koppell, Deborah L. Rose, Margaret S. Chin, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Stephen T. Levin, Charles Barron, Elizabeth S. Crowley, Robert Jackson, Daniel J. Halloran III
Council Member Sponsors: 16
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 10/6/11, 2. Hearing Testimony 10/6/11, 3. Hearing Transcript 10/6/11, 4. Committee Report 12/6/11, 5. Hearing Transcript 12/6/11, 6. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 12-8-11
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/8/2011*James F. Gennaro City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/6/2011*James F. Gennaro Committee on Transportation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/6/2011*James F. Gennaro Committee on Transportation Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/6/2011*James F. Gennaro Committee on Transportation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/6/2011*James F. Gennaro Committee on Transportation Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/8/2011*James F. Gennaro City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/8/2011*James F. Gennaro City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1000
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Assembly to pass and the Governor to sign A.8113, in relation to the qualifications of bus drivers.
 
 
By Council Members Gennaro, Comrie, Koslowitz, Nelson, Vacca, Koppell, Rose, Chin, Mark-Viverito, Vallone, Rodriguez, Levin, Barron, Crowley, Jackson and Halloran
      Whereas, Since March 2011, there have been three major interstate bus crashes resulting in 21 passenger fatalities; and
      Whereas, In each of the fatal bus crashes, driver negligence has been suspected to be a contributing factor to the crash; and
      Whereas, A.8113 would amend Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 509-9(2), to require that bus drivers undergo background checks; and
      Whereas, Under current state law only school bus drivers are required to undergo a
background check for employment; and
      Whereas, Since March 2011, the New York State Department of Transportation has
conducted over 1,200 random checks of interstate buses on the road; and
      Whereas, These random checks have resulted in 124 bus drivers being taken off the road,
with 14 percent of these drivers having improper or suspended licenses; and
      Whereas, In addition to the roadside checks, New York State has conducted over 300
inspections of  interstate buses in New York City, resulting in 55 drivers being removed for serious violations; and
      Whereas, In order to restore the confidence of passengers and the safety of buses, it is necessary to require all bus drivers to undergo background checks; and
      Whereas, The New York State Senate on June 2, 2011, passed S.5171B requiring background checks of bus drivers; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State
Assembly to pass and the Governor to sign A.8113, in relation to the qualifications of bus drivers.
LS# 2544
6/9/2011
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