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 of drivers. 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 duties. 3. The board shall meet at such times as the commissioner shall direct. 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 article. Top of Page
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