File #: Int 1581-2019    Version: * Name: Study on solar-powered traffic control devices.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 5/29/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law in relation to a study on solar-powered traffic control devices
Sponsors: Paul A. Vallone, Daniel Dromm
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to study the feasibility of adopting and siting solar-powered traffic control devices and to publish its findings and recommendations, as well as report the same to the Speaker of the Council.
Indexes: Report Required, Sunset Date Applies
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1581, 2. Int. No. 1581, 3. May 29, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5-29-19, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - May 29, 2019, 6. Minutes of the Recessed Meeting of May 29, 2019 Held on June 13, 2019

Int. No. 1581


By Council Members Vallone and Dromm


A Local Law in relation to a study on solar-powered traffic control devices


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section 1. Solar-powered traffic control devices study. a. Definitions. For purposes of this local law, the following terms have the following meanings:

Solar-powered traffic control device. The term “solar-powered traffic control device” means any solar-powered traffic control device or traffic-control signal.

Traffic control device. The term “traffic control device” means a sign, signal, marking or device not inconsistent with the vehicle and traffic law that is placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.

Traffic-control signal. The term “traffic-control signal” means a device, whether manually, electrically or mechanically operated, by which traffic is alternately directed to stop and permitted to proceed.

b. The department shall conduct a study to make findings and recommendations regarding the feasibility of using solar-powered traffic control devices on city streets. Such study shall examine, at minimum, the utility of solar-powered traffic control devices, including a comparison of their effectiveness in deterring violations of vehicle and traffic laws, rules and regulations with the effectiveness of traffic control devices and traffic-control signals that are not solar-powered in deterring the same, and shall identify any logistical challenges in siting such devices. The department shall post on its website and submit to the speaker of the council a report of such study that contains its findings and recommendations no later than one year after the effective date of this local law.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately and expires and is deemed repealed upon final submission of the report as required by section 1 of this local law. 



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