New York Vehicle & Traffic Law

Sec. § 509-CC
Disqualification of Drivers of School Buses


(1)

A person employed as a driver of a school bus as defined in paragraph (a) of subdivision one of section five hundred nine-a of this chapter on September fifteenth, nineteen hundred eighty-five and who was subject to the provisions of this article as it existed immediately prior to September fifteen, nineteen hundred eighty-five, and was employed in this state as a driver of a school bus as defined in paragraph (a) of subdivision one of section five hundred nine-a of this chapter at any time during the first six months of nineteen hundred eighty-five, shall be disqualified from operating a school bus as follows:

(a)

permanently, if that person (i) has been convicted of or forfeited bond or collateral which forfeiture order has not been vacated or the subject of an order of remission upon a violation committed prior to September fifteenth, nineteen hundred eighty-five, of section 130.30, 130.35, 130.45, 130.50, 130.60, or 130.65 of the penal law, or an offense committed under a former section of the penal law which would constitute a violation of the aforesaid sections of the penal law or any offense committed outside of this state which would constitute a violation of the aforesaid sections of the penal law, provided, however, the provisions of this subparagraph shall not apply to convictions, suspensions or revocations or forfeitures of bonds for collateral upon any of the charges listed in this subparagraph for violations which occurred prior to September first, nineteen hundred seventy-four committed by a person employed as a bus driver on September first, nineteen hundred seventy-four. However, such disqualification may be waived provided that five years have expired since the applicant was discharged or released from a sentence of imprisonment imposed pursuant to conviction of an offense that requires disqualification under this paragraph and that the applicant shall have been granted a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct pursuant to article twenty-three of the correction law. When the certificate is issued by a court for a conviction which occurred in this state, it shall only be issued by the court having jurisdiction over such conviction. Such certificate shall specifically indicate that the authority granting such certificate has considered the bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was convicted will have on the applicant’s fitness or ability to operate a bus transporting school children to the applicant’s prospective employment, prior to granting such a certificate; or

(ii)

has been convicted of an offense listed in paragraph (a) of subdivision four of this section that was committed on or after September fifteenth, nineteen hundred eighty-five. However, such disqualification may be waived by the commissioner provided that five years have expired since the applicant was discharged or released from a sentence of imprisonment imposed pursuant to conviction of an offense that requires disqualification under this paragraph and that the applicant shall have been granted a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct pursuant to article twenty-three of the correction law. When the certificate is issued by a court for a conviction which occurred in this state, it shall only be issued by the court having jurisdiction over such conviction. Such certificate shall specifically indicate that the authority granting such certificate has considered the bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was convicted will have on the applicant’s fitness or ability to operate a bus transporting school children, prior to granting such a certificate; or
(iii)
has been convicted of an offense listed in paragraph (b) of subdivision four of this section that was committed on or after September fifteenth, nineteen hundred eighty-five. However, such disqualification shall be waived provided that five years have expired since the applicant discharged or released from a sentence of imprisonment imposed pursuant to conviction of an offense that requires disqualification under this paragraph and that the applicant shall have been granted a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct pursuant to article twenty-three of the correction law. When the certificate is issued by a court for a conviction which occurred in this state, it shall only be issued by the court having jurisdiction over such conviction. Such certificate shall specifically indicate that the authority granting such certificate has considered the bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was convicted will have on the applicant’s fitness or ability to operate a bus transporting school children, prior to granting such a certificate. Provided, however, that at the discretion of the commissioner, the certificate of relief from disabilities may remove disqualification at any time; or

(b)

for a period of five years from the date of last conviction specified herein, if that person (i) has been convicted within the preceding five years of an offense listed in paragraph (c) of subdivision four of this section that was committed on or after September fifteenth, nineteen hundred eighty-five. However, such disqualification shall be waived provided that the applicant has been granted a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct pursuant to article twenty-three of the correction law. When the certificate is issued by a court for a conviction which occurred in this state, it shall only be issued by the court having jurisdiction over such conviction. Such certificate shall specifically indicate that the authority granting such certificate has considered the bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was convicted will have on the applicant’s fitness or ability to operate a bus transporting school children, prior to granting such a certificate;

(ii)

has been convicted of any violation of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter or an offense committed outside this state which would constitute a violation of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter, and the offense was committed while the driver was driving a bus in the employ of a motor carrier or in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise in interstate, intrastate or foreign commerce;
(iii)
has been twice convicted of a violation of any subdivision of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter or offenses committed outside this state which would constitute a violation of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter, committed within the preceding five year period;

(iv)

has been twice convicted of a violation of any subdivision of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter, or an offense committed outside of this state which would constitute a violation of any subdivision of section one thousand one hundred ninety-two of this chapter, committed within any ten year period after September fifteenth, nineteen hundred eighty-five; or

(v)

has been convicted of leaving the scene of an accident which resulted in personal injury or death under section six hundred of this chapter or an offense committed outside of this state which would constitute a violation of section six hundred of this chapter.

(c)

for a period of five years from the date of last conviction, if that person has been convicted of a violation of subdivision three of section five hundred eleven of this chapter on or after September fifteenth, nineteen hundred eighty-five;

(d)

for a period of one year, if that person has accumulated nine or more points on his or her driving record for acts that occurred during an eighteen month period on or after September fifteenth, nineteen hundred eighty-five, provided, however, that the disqualification shall terminate if the person has reduced the points to less than nine through the successful completion of a motor vehicle accident prevention course.

(e)

for a period of one year, if that person or was the operator of a motor vehicle involved in two or more accidents of a nature and type set forth in section five hundred nine-a of this article, where such accidents occurred within an eighteen-month period following a reexamination conducted pursuant to section five hundred nine-bb of this article, provided that accidents in which the driver was completely without fault shall not be included in determining whether such disqualification is required;

(f)

for a period of one year, if that person fails to pass a road test administered pursuant to section five hundred nine-bb of this article; provided, however, that such person shall be given the opportunity to complete a motor vehicle accident prevention course approved by the commissioner and to then undergo a second road test administered pursuant to section five hundred nine-bb of this article, and such disqualification shall cease if such person passes such second road test.

(g)

for the period that such person’s license is revoked or suspended for violating section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter or an offense committed outside of this state which would constitute a violation of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter. Such disqualification shall be for not less than six months.

(2)

All other school bus drivers who are not subject to subdivision one of this section shall be disqualified from operating a bus as follows:

(a)

permanently, if that person has been convicted of an offense listed in paragraph (a) of subdivision four of this section. However, such disqualification may be waived by the commissioner provided that five years have expired since the applicant was discharged or released from a sentence of imprisonment imposed pursuant to conviction of an offense that requires disqualification under this paragraph and that the applicant shall have been granted a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct pursuant to article twenty-three of the correction law. When the certificate is issued by a court for a conviction which occurred in this state, it shall only be issued by the court having jurisdiction over such conviction. Such certificate shall specifically indicate that the authority granting such certificate has considered the bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was convicted will have on the applicant’s fitness or ability to operate a bus transporting school children to the applicant’s prospective employment, prior to granting such a certificate.

(b)

permanently, if that person has been convicted of an offense listed in paragraph (b) of subdivision four of this section. However, such disqualification shall be waived provided that five years have expired since the applicant was incarcerated pursuant to a sentence of imprisonment imposed on conviction of an offense that requires disqualification under this paragraph and that the applicant shall have been granted a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct pursuant to article twenty-three of the correction law. When the certificate is issued by a court for a conviction which occurred in this state, it shall only be issued by the court having jurisdiction over such conviction. Such certificate shall specifically indicate that the authority granting such certificate has considered the bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was convicted will have on the applicant’s fitness or ability to operate a bus transporting school children, prior to granting such a certificate. Provided, however, that at the discretion of the commissioner the certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct pursuant to article twenty-three of the correction law may remove disqualification at any time.

(c)

for a period of five years from the date of last conviction specified herein, if that person (i) has been convicted within the preceding five years of an offense listed in paragraph (c) of subdivision four of this section. However, notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision three of section seven hundred one of the correction law. Such disqualification shall be waived provided that the applicant has been granted a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct pursuant to article twenty-three of the correction law. When the certificate is issued by a court for a conviction which occurred in this state, it shall only be issued by the court having jurisdiction over such conviction. Such certificate shall specifically indicate that the authority granting such certificate has considered the bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was convicted will have on the applicant’s fitness or ability to operate a bus transporting school children, prior to granting such a certificate.

(ii)

has been convicted of a violation of any subdivision of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter or an offense committed outside of this state which would constitute a violation of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter, and the offense was committed while the driver was driving a bus in the employ of a motor carrier or in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise in interstate, intrastate or foreign commerce;
(iii)
has been twice convicted of a violation of any subdivision of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter or an offense committed outside of this state within any ten year period on or after September fifteenth, nineteen hundred eighty-five, which would constitute a violation of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter; or

(iv)

has been convicted of leaving the scene of an accident which resulted in personal injury or death under subdivision two of section six hundred of this chapter or an offense committed outside of this state which would constitute a violation of subdivision two of section six hundred of this chapter; or

(v)

has been convicted of a violation of section 120.04, 120.04-a, 125.13, 125.14 or 235.07 of the penal law.

(d)

for a period of five years from the date of last conviction, if that person has been convicted of a violation of subdivision three of section five hundred eleven of this chapter on or after September fifteenth, nineteen hundred eighty-five;

(e)

for a period of one year, if that person accumulates nine or more points on his or her driving record for acts occurring during an eighteen month period, provided, however, that the disqualification shall terminate if the person has reduced the points to less than nine through the successful completion of a motor vehicle accident prevention course.

(f)

for a period of one year, if that person was the operator of a motor vehicle involved in two or more accidents of a nature and type set forth in section five hundred nine-a of this article, where such accidents occurred within an eighteen-month period following a reexamination conducted pursuant to section five hundred nine-bb of this article, provided that accidents in which the driver was completely without fault shall not be included in determining whether such disqualification is required;

(g)

for a period of one year, if that person fails to pass a road test administered pursuant to section five hundred nine-bb of this article; provided, however, that such person shall be given the opportunity to complete a motor vehicle accident prevention course approved by the commissioner and to then undergo a second road test administered pursuant to section five hundred nine-bb of this article, and such disqualification shall cease if such person passes such second road test.

(h)

for the period that such person’s license is revoked or suspended for violating section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter or an offense committed outside of this state which would constitute a violation of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this chapter. Such disqualification shall be for not less than six months.

(3)

A person shall be disqualified from operating a school bus if that person has had any license, permit, or privilege to operate a motor vehicle suspended, revoked, withdrawn or denied and such license, permit or privilege has not been reinstated by the authority which took such action. Provided, however, that the provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to a person whose (i) license, permit or privilege to operate a motor vehicle cannot be reinstated because of non-residency in the state in which the license was suspended, revoked, withdrawn or denied or (ii) a person holds a conditional driver’s license or a restricted use license issued by the commissioner pursuant to the provisions of article twenty-one or twenty-one-A of this chapter, and is not disqualified under any other provision of this article.

(4)

(a) The offenses referred to in subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision one and paragraph (a) of subdivision two of this section that result in permanent disqualification shall include a conviction under sections 125.12, 125.13, 125.14, 125.15, 125.20, 125.21, 125.22, 125.25, 125.26, 125.27, 130.30, 130.35, 130.45, 130.50, 130.65, 130.66, 130.67, 130.70, 130.75, 130.80, 130.90, 130.95, 130.96, 135.25, 150.20, 230.30, 230.32, 230.34, 235.22, 263.05, 263.10, 263.11, 263.15, 263.16 of the penal law or an attempt to commit any of the aforesaid offenses under section 110.00 of the penal law, or any offenses committed under a former section of the penal law which would constitute violations of the aforesaid sections of the penal law, or any offenses committed outside this state which would constitute violations of the aforesaid sections of the penal law.

(b)

The offenses referred to in subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision one and paragraph (b) of subdivision two of this section that result in permanent disqualification shall include a conviction under sections 100.13, 105.15, 105.17, 115.08, 120.12, 120.70, 125.10, 125.11, 130.40, 130.53, 130.60, 130.65-a, 135.20, 160.15, 220.18, 220.21, 220.39, 220.41, 220.43, 220.44, 230.25, 260.00, 265.04 of the penal law or an attempt to commit any of the aforesaid offenses under section 110.00 of the penal law, or any offenses committed under a former section of the penal law which would constitute violations of the aforesaid sections of the penal law, or any offenses committed outside this state which would constitute violations of the aforesaid sections of the penal law.

(c)

The offenses referred to in subparagraph (i) of paragraph (b) of subdivision one and subparagraph (i) of paragraph (c) of subdivision two of this section that result in disqualification for a period of five years shall include a conviction under sections 100.10, 105.13, 115.05, 120.03, 120.04, 120.04-a, 120.05, 120.10, 120.25, 121.12, 121.13, 125.40, 125.45, 130.20, 130.25, 130.52, 130.55, 135.10, 135.55, 140.17, 140.25, 140.30, 145.12, 150.10, 150.15, 160.05, 160.10, 220.06, 220.09, 220.16, 220.31, 220.34, 220.60, 220.65, 221.30, 221.50, 221.55, 230.00, 230.05, 230.06, 230.11, 230.12, 230.13, 230.19, 230.20, 235.05, 235.06, 235.07, 235.21, 240.06, 245.00, 260.10, subdivision two of section 260.20 and sections 260.25, 265.02, 265.03, 265.08, 265.09, 265.10, 265.12, 265.35 of the penal law or an attempt to commit any of the aforesaid offenses under section 110.00 of the penal law, or any similar offenses committed under a former section of the penal law, or any offenses committed under a former section of the penal law which would constitute violations of the aforesaid sections of the penal law, or any offenses committed outside this state which would constitute violations of the aforesaid sections of the penal law.

(5)

As a part of such determination concerning whether an individual is disqualified from operating a school bus pursuant to this section, the department shall submit a prospective driver’s fingerprints to the division of criminal justice services for a state criminal history record check, as defined in subdivision one of section three thousand thirty-five of the education law, and may submit such fingerprints to the federal bureau of investigation for a national criminal history record check.
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