Early termination fees on car contracts when a customer dies before the contract ends will be blocked in New York after a measure was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Similar laws are already in place for service providers for phone, Internet and TV.

“Losing a loved one is hard enough – facing an early termination fee on a motor vehicle lease that belonged to a departed loved one is just salt in the wound,” Cuomo said. “Television, internet and phone providers are already banned from issuing these fees, and with this new law we’re doing the same for motor vehicle leases to ensure grieving relatives will be protected from this additional stress.”

The measure was sponsored by Sen. Kevin Thomas and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.

“This law not only serves as a necessary consumer protection but is also the right thing to do for New York families,” Gunther said.

“The idea of having to deal with the death of a love one and then being charged an early termination fee on a lease agreement is particularly infuriating. This bill will ensure that no family in New York State will be subject to this injustice.”