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Leased Car Liability Bill Stalls

June 9, 2005

A New York State Assembly committee failed to consider a bill last week that would change New York’s liability laws on leased vehicles, according to a report in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.In New York State, car dealers and others who lease cars can be held liable for damages done by those who lease them. New York is currently the only state that has such a requirement, called vicarious liability. The failure to act on the bill could mean that the measure won't be considered again this year, the report said. The Assembly rules require that the bill be considered some time before the end of next year.There were more than 220,000 leased vehicles in the state in 2002 but only about 96,000 last year, according to Steven Greenberg, a lobbyist for the groups that want to eliminate the requirement. A lease is defined as a rental lasting a year or more.
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