New York City Council Introductory Number 455: A Proposed Amendment to 24-163.9

CURRENT INTRODUCTION NUMBER:

Int. No. 455

PRIME SPONSORS: Council Member Dromm

TITLE:  A local law to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York in relation to age limitations on school buses and replacing such school buses with all electric school buses

BILL SUMMARY:

The local law will require that commencing September 1, 2020, all school buses subject to New York City school bus contracts, that do not use a closed crankcase ventilation system, shall be electric vehicles.  Electricity for such electric vehicles shall be generated on-site. This local law further requires  that all other school buses, shall, after ten years of  use, be replaced by  compressed  natural  gas, hybrid school buses or all electric, and further provides that use of such compressed natural gas or hybrid school buses  is limited to ten years and such school buses must thereafter be replaced with all electric zero emission school buses, and as long as the particulate matter emissions  of all such school buses does not exceed emission levels permitted in  the  most  recent  diesel  engine  emissions  standards issued by the United States  Environmental Protection Agency and the mileage meets the most recent corporate average fuel economy standards for compact and large trucks.

CODE SECTION AFFECTED:

  • Amends Administrative Code § 24-163.9 (d) and (e)
  • Adds Administrative Code § 24-163.9 (d)(3)

EFFECTIVE DATE: 180 days after it becomes law

NOTE: In the full bill text online at legistar.council.nyc.gov, language in proposed consolidated laws that is enclosed by [brackets] would be deleted, and language that is underlined would be new. Language in proposed unconsolidated laws, in contrast, will not have brackets or underlining because it would be entirely new. Consolidation means that the law is placed in the New York City Charter or Administrative Code.

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By Council Member Dromm

TITLE

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to age limitations on school buses and replacing such school buses with all electric school buses

BODY

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Paragraph (1) of subdivision d of section 24-163.9 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law number 38 for the year 2015, is amended to read as follows:

(1) No diesel fuel-powered school bus of the designation “Type A bus” or “Type B bus,” as set forth in subdivisions x and y of section 720.1 of title seventeen of New York codes, rules and regulations, with an engine model year of 2007 or later or that is utilizing a closed crankcase ventilation system pursuant to subdivision c of this section and no diesel fuel-powered school bus of the designation “Type C bus” or “Type D bus,” as set forth in subdivisions z and aa of section 720.1 of title seventeen of New York codes, rules and regulations, shall be used to fulfill any school bus contract beyond the end of the [sixteenth] tenth year from the date of manufacture, as noted on the vehicle registration, or the end of the school year in which that date falls, whichever is later.

§ 2. Subdivision d of section 24-163.9 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law number 38 for the year 2015, is amended by adding a new paragraph (3) to read as follows:

(3) Except for any all-electric zero emission school bus, no non-diesel fuel-powered school bus shall be used to fulfill any school bus contract beyond the end of the tenth year from the date of manufacture, as noted on the vehicle registration, or the end of the school year in which that date falls, whichever is later.

§ 3. Subdivision e of section 24-163.9 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law number 38 for the year 2015, is amended to read as follows:

e. School buses shall be replaced pursuant to subdivision d of this section with (1) a school bus meeting the most recent diesel engine emissions standards issued by the United States environmental protection agency, or (2) an all-electric, gasoline-powered, compressed natural gas, or hybrid school bus, as long as the particulate matter emissions of such school bus do not exceed emission levels permitted in the most recent diesel engine emissions standards issued by the United States environmental protection agency, provided that on and after September 1, 2040 such school buses must be replaced with all-electric zero emission school buses.

§ 4. This local law takes effect 180 days after it becomes law, except that the commissioner of environmental protection may take such measures as are necessary for its implementation, including the promulgation of rules, prior to such date.

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