BANY State Agency Partnership Progress Update
The BANY Board is continuing its efforts to seek assistance from state agencies with regards to regulatory items.
Executive Order 202.11 – Bus Inspections
The Governor has the power through the use of Executive Orders to temporarily suspend or modify laws/regulations during declared states of emergency.
On March 27
the Governor issued Executive Order 202.11 which is effective through April 26, 2020 and includes the following language and suspends:
- Section 140(3) of the Transportation Law to the extent necessary to toll for a 30-day period corresponding to the duration of this Executive Order the requirement of a vehicle inspection within a period of six months last preceding, only for those vehicles voluntarily placed out of service due to the COVID-19 outbreak;
This means that if your buses are taken out of service because of COVID-19 (no plates) then your 6 month inspections are temporarily waived for the 30 days. As a result there would be no brake tests either. We believe they plan to keep doing 30 day extensions.
The NYSDOT Bus Inspection fee is in statute so it cannot be waived administratively. However, there is currently no mechanism to collect the fee in place and EO 202.11 will
postpone inspections for any buses taken out of service so you should not expect to see bills in the short term. Eventually, as inspections resume the fees will also be processed.
DOT and DMV are connecting to coordinate compliance items.