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File #: Res 0144-2010    Version: * Name: Permitting the installation of bus-mounted cameras to assist in the enforcement of bus lanes.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 4/14/2010
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to adopt legislation permitting the installation of bus-mounted cameras to assist in the enforcement of bus lanes.
Sponsors: Gale A. Brewer, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Daniel Dromm , Lewis A. Fidler, Vincent J. Gentile, Letitia James, Brad S. Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, Ydanis A. Rodriguez
Council Member Sponsors: 10
Res. No. 144
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to adopt legislation permitting the installation of bus-mounted cameras to assist in the enforcement of bus lanes.
 
 
By Council Members Brewer, Comrie, Dromm, Fidler, Gentile, James, Lander, Mark-Viverito, Palma and Rodriguez  
 
Whereas, Technology can be utilized to enhance public safety, reduce and deter violations of the law, and discourage false complaints against the City of New York; and
Whereas, The City of New York has established bus lanes which are designated for the exclusive use of buses and which prohibit access and parking by other types of vehicles in an effort to improve travel time and reliability of mass transit bus rides; and
Whereas, Specifically, pursuant to Section 4-08 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, no person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle in a bus lane unless otherwise indicated by posted signs, markings or other traffic control devices, or at the direction of a law enforcement officer; and  
Whereas,  Additionally, pursuant to Section 4-12 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, when signs are erected giving notice of bus lane restrictions, motorists are prohibited from driving a vehicle other than a bus within a designated bus lane during the hours specified, except that a person may use the bus lane in order to make the first available right hand turn where permitted into a street, private road, private drive or an entrance to private property in a safe manner or when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or at the direction of a law enforcement officer; and  
Whereas, However, the use of bus lanes by thoughtless, indifferent, or inconsiderate motorists creates the very congested conditions that the regulations regarding bus lanes are intended to prevent or, at the very least, prevents the advantages of bus lanes from being fully realized; and
Whereas, The use of bus-mounted cameras operating automatically is a potential solution to the problem of unauthorized use of bus lanes, because evidence of drivers violating the law would  be captured on film and would enable the City of New York to hold motorists accountable in court; and  
Whereas, A program using bus-mounted cameras has been implemented in London, which consists of two closed-circuit television cameras installed together in a secure and waterproof house adjacent to the rate and destination sign on the side of buses; and  
Whereas, One camera is fitted with an angle lens to provide a general overview that allows enforcement personnel to assess the circumstances related to an alleged offense; and
Whereas, The second camera provides a detailed view of the bus lane, providing sufficient details to read the license plate of vehicles in the bus lane; and
Whereas, A "clock interface" generates a time and date display of the video image captured by the cameras,  and the videotapes are collected approximately twice a week to be analyzed by control room personnel; and
Whereas, According to a 2007 study by Transport for London, London's local government body responsible for transportation issues, the number of violations recorded by bus mounted cameras dropped from 12 to 0.1 per hour of viewed footage between 2000 and 2005, bus speeds in bus lanes increased by 5 per cent between the end of 2004 and the end of 2005, and buses traveled 12.6 percent faster in bus lanes than between bus lanes since the implementation of the bus mounted camera program; and
Whereas, Assembly Member Kavanagh is the sponsor of legislation which would create a demonstration project for bus lane enforcement cameras in certain cities, as Assembly Bill A00417; and
Whereas, The bill would authorize the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the New York City Department of Transportation to use automated bus-mounted and road-side cameras in issuing summonses to motorists illegally parked in bus stops or driving in bus lanes; now, therefore be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to adopt legislation permitting the installation of bus-mounted cameras to assist in the enforcement of bus lanes.
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