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File #: Int 1099-2018    Version: * Name: Requiring the placement of two-way radios, cellular phones and tracking devices on school buses.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Education
On agenda: 9/12/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the placement of two-way radios, cellular phones and tracking devices on school buses
Sponsors: Ben Kallos, Mark Treyger, Chaim M. Deutsch, Justin L. Brannan, Kalman Yeger , Daniel Dromm , Fernando Cabrera , Laurie A. Cumbo, Carlina Rivera , Costa G. Constantinides, Karen Koslowitz, Robert F. Holden, Deborah L. Rose, Peter A. Koo, Margaret S. Chin, Vanessa L. Gibson, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 17
Summary: The proposed bill would require each school bus used to transport students to and from schools pursuant to a contract with the Department of Education or the Department of Transportation to be equipped with a two-way radio or cellular phone allowing communication with the operator of the school bus, as well as a tracking device that allows individuals to track the location of the school bus.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1099, 2. Int. No. 1099, 3. September 12, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Committee Report 10/16/18, 5. Hearing Testimony 10/16/18, 6. Hearing Transcript 10/16/18
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Int. No. 1099

 

By Council Members Kallos, Treyger, Deutsch, Brannan, Yeger, Dromm, Cabrera, Cumbo, Rivera, Constantinides, Koslowitz, Holden, Rose, Koo, Chin, Gibson and Ulrich

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the placement of two-way radios, cellular phones and tracking devices on school buses

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Legislative findings. Each day in New York City, more than 160,000 children travel to and from school on school buses or other motor vehicles that are operated pursuant to contracts with the New York City Department of Education or the New York City Department of Transportation. Based upon several hearings concerning school bus safety and the operation of school buses generally, the Council finds that the lack of real-time communication with certain of these vehicles while they are in the process of transporting children to and from school is a significant operational problem for the Departments of Education and Transportation, and a significant source of frustration to parents. Currently, no one can determine the location of a bus or other motor vehicle that lacks communication equipment. Therefore, when such vehicles are late, neither parents nor school administrators can determine why, or where they are located or when they might arrive at their destinations. The drivers of such vehicles, in turn, cannot communicate with anyone regarding conditions en route, if a pick-up or drop-off cannot occur as scheduled, or if the vehicle suffers a mechanical or other problem. Moreover, in the event of an emergency, such lack of communication could be life-threatening.

The Council finds that these problems could be solved if all school buses and other motor vehicles used to transport children to and from school pursuant to a contract with the Department of Education or the Department of Transportation were equipped with two-way radios or cell phones, as well as with a tracking system, such as a global positioning tracking system, that would enable an individual not inside the vehicle to determine the vehicle's location.

§ 2.  Chapter six of title 19 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding new sections 19-608 and 19-609 to read as follows:

§ 19-608 Two-way radios and cellular phones. Each bus or other motor vehicle used to transport children to and from schools in the city pursuant to a contract with the New York city department of education or the New York city department of transportation shall, at all times that children are present aboard such vehicle, be equipped with an operational two-way radio or cellular phone capable of allowing communication with the operator of such vehicle.  All such vehicles shall also be equipped with a tracking device, such as a global positioning tracking system, that enables an individual not inside the vehicle to determine its location to within one hundred linear feet of the nearest intersection.

§ 19-609 Global positioning systems on school buses. a. For purposes of this section, the term “GPS” means a global positioning system that uses navigational satellites to determine a user’s exact location, velocity and time.

b. Each bus or other motor vehicle used to transport children to and from schools in the city pursuant to a contract with the New York city department of education or the New York city department of transportation shall, at all times that children are present aboard such vehicle, be equipped with a GPS tracking device.

c. GPS tracking devices shall be operational at all times during the transportation of children to and from schools.

d. GPS data regarding vehicles’ exact location, velocity and time must be available to authorized schools and individuals, including parents and caregivers, in real-time.

 

e. Records created by such GPS tracking devices shall be maintained in an electronic database and kept open for public inspection.

§ 3. This local law takes effect 180 days after it becomes law.

 

 

 

 

 

AES/KET/SMD/BG

LS# 1438

8/15/18