A new bill proposed in the state senate could bring new regulations to your vehicle.

Senate bill S-9528 was proposed by Senator Brad Hoylman and it seeks to require advanced safety technology in all vehicles in New York State. Senator Peter Oberacker of the 51st district says this legislation fails to take into account Upstate New Yorkers.

"I think what this is basically speaking to is again a Downstate politician that is using justification for issues that he or she sees down in the city and then trying to apply it to my rule, the 51st Senate District."

The new mandates, which include drowsiness and distraction recognition, rearview cameras, Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB), Emergency Lane-Keeping Systems (ELKS) and Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) would be in vehicles registered in New York and manufactured on or after January 1st, 2024. Oberacker is worried that these new safety features will drive up the cost of cars in the state.

"I can’t afford and most of the people I think they are going to afford a new vehicle coming up with all these added safety devices on it."

There is a pilot program planned for 50 vehicles ranging from SUVs to trucks to vans to test the software. Oberacker said he is open to working with his colleagues in Albany to further discuss this issue.

I would love an opportunity to discuss this with some of my colleagues and to say, you know let’s see how it works in your area, put it down there, I have no issues with that whatsoever. I would track the results, but when we use the word mandate I get extremely concerned with that.

We reached out to Senator Hoylman for a comment but have not heard back yet. 

The legislation is currently in the senate rules committee.