What are the Transportation Laws in New York?
Everyone who operates a motor vehicle on the streets of New York is expected to comply with the large number of traffic laws and regulations set out by the state and localities. Commercial drivers, however, must also ensure that they comply with another set of rules under New York State Transportation Laws. These extra requirements exist because of the inherent additional risks of large commercial vehicles and the additional responsibility of commercial drivers to keep motorists safe.
The New York Transportation Laws largely adopt the regulations set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is the federal agency that oversees the commercial transportation industry. In addition, the NY Department of Transportation has some laws and regulations that are unique to our state. The following are only some aspects of the commercial trucking industry that are regulated by NY and federal transportation laws:
|● Requirements to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL)
● Endorsements required for transporting people or hazardous materials (HAZMAT)
● Driver health requirements
● Weight limits for different types of commercial vehicles
● Weigh station requirements
● Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (lower threshold for commercial drivers)
● Required drug and alcohol testing by trucking companies
● Reckless driving
|● Requirements for vehicle inspections and repairs
● Visibility and conspicuity requirements
● Procedures for pulling a truck over to the side of the road
● Hours of service
● Recordkeeping and logbook requirements
● Speed limitations
● Defective truck parts
● Aggressive driving
● Improper lane changes
● Minimum insurance requirements
● Driving on a suspended CDL
If you are a commercial driver and have been accused of violating any of New York’s transportation laws, you could face extensive fines and the possible suspension of your CDL. Like any other type of traffic violation, it is important to seek help from a lawyer who has specific experience defending against such violations and helping you avoid serious penalties. It is important to realize that an accusation does not automatically mean that you will be convicted and that you do have legal options.
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Violations of NY transportation law can mean a commercial driver may face serious penalties, including forfeiture of their CDL and losing their main source of income. At the law firm of Hirsch & Hirsch, LLP, we regularly represent commercial drivers and defend against allegations of noncompliance with New York transportation laws. Please call our New York attorneys to learn more about how we can assist you today.