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File #: Int 0136-2010    Version: * Name: Green back up generators for mobile food vending units.
Type: Introduction Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Environmental Protection
On agenda: 4/14/2010
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to green back up generators for mobile food vending units.
Sponsors: Gale A. Brewer, Charles Barron, Daniel Dromm , Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, Brad S. Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, Ydanis A. Rodriguez
Council Member Sponsors: 10
Int. No. 136
 
By Council Members Brewer, Barron, Dromm, Ferreras, James, Koppell, Lander, Mark-Viverito, Palma and Rodriguez
 
 
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to green back up generators for mobile food vending units.
 
 
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
 
Section 1. Subchapter seven of chapter one of title 24 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 24-163.13 as follows:
§24-163.13 Use of verified idle reduction technology or an auxiliary power unit in motorized mobile food vending units. a. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall be defined as follows:
(1)      "Auxiliary power unit" shall mean a device containing an engine certified by the United States environmental protection agency that supplies cooling, heating, and electrical power to trucks, and motorized mobile food vending units while the engine of such vehicle, if any, is not operating.
      (2) "Generator" shall mean a machine or device that combusts fossil fuel to create electricity.
(3) "Verified idle reduction technology" shall mean technology including, but not limited to, an auxiliary power unit, that has been verified by the United States environmental protection agency and allows the engine of a vehicle to be turned off while still providing power to the vehicle or equipment, such as for the heating or cooling of the cabin, and which reduces tailpipe emissions from diesel-fuel powered vehicles.
(4)"Mobile food vending unit" shall mean a food service establishment as defined in Article 81 of the health code that is also a vehicle using gasoline or diesel fuel and shall not include a pushcart or self propelled vehicle that uses propane used to store, prepare, display, serve or sell food, or distribute food free of charge to the public, for consumption in a place other than in or on the unit. Any such vehicle shall be deemed a mobile food vending unit whether operated  on public, private or restricted space. A mobile food vending unit shall not mean a stand or a booth.
b. Any diesel-fuel powered generator that is used to provide electrical power for equipment used in a mobile food vending unit shall be equipped with an auxiliary power unit or verified idle reduction technology.
c. Any person who violates the provisions of subdivision b of this section shall be liable for a civil penalty in the amount of five hundred dollars for each day in which they are in violation of such subdivision.
§2. This local law shall take effect ninety days after enactment, except that the commissioner of environmental protection shall take all actions, including the promulgation of rules necessary to implement this local law prior to such effective date.
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