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Article 21B - NY Vehicle and Traffic Law
S 540. Creation. There is hereby established within the department a
medical advisory board.
S 541. Purpose. The medical advisory board shall advise the
commissioner on medical criteria and vision standards for the licensing
S 542. Composition of the board. The board shall consist of not less
than fourteen members, ten of whom shall be physicians representing the
specialties of neurology, cardiovascular medicine, internal medicine,
family practice, opthalmology, psychiatry, orthopedics, emergency
medicine, rehabilitative medicine and gerontology. At least two members
of the board shall be lay persons. One member shall be an optometrist
and one member shall be a psychologist who respectively are licensed to
practice optometry or psychology in the state.
S 543. Appointment; compensation; meetings. 1. The members of the
board shall be appointed by the commissioner. Before such appointments
are made, the commissioner shall consult with the medical society of the
state of New York in order to obtain their advice regarding the
physician appointments. The commissioner shall consult with the
optometric council of New York state and the New York state optometric
association regarding the appointment of an optometrist, and the New
York state psychological association regarding the appointment of a
psychologist. The board members shall be appointed to serve three year
terms except that four such members initially appointed shall serve one
year terms, five shall serve two year terms and five shall serve three
year terms. The commissioner shall designate the chairman of the board.
Members representing other specialties and interests may be appointed by
the commissioner upon recommendation of the board.
2. Board members shall serve without compensation but shall be allowed
their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their
3. The board shall meet at such times as the commissioner shall
S 544. Responsibilities. As requested by the commissioner, the board
shall recommend medical criteria and vision standards relating to driver
licensing and the safe operation of a motor vehicle, and report to the
commissioner on such other aspects of medical fitness, driver licensing,
and driver health, and safety as the commissioner may request, including
collection and analysis of data and research relating to medical aspects
of driving and driver licensing.
S 545. Immunity. The medical advisory board and its members shall not
be held liable in any action or proceeding on account of any
recommendation or report submitted to the commissioner pursuant to this
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