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Article 38 - NY Vehicle and Traffic Law


  S 1630. Regulation  of  traffic  on highways under the jurisdiction of
  certain public authorities and commissions. The New York  state  thruway
  authority,   a   county   park  commission,  the  Niagara  Falls  bridge
  commission, a parkway  authority,  a  bridge  authority,  including  the
  Buffalo   and  Fort  Erie  public  bridge  authority,  the  metropolitan
  transportation authority, the Long Island  Rail  Road,  the  Metro-North
  Commuter   Railroad,  the  office  of  parks,  recreation  and  historic
  preservation,  the  department  of   environmental   conservation,   the
  department  of agriculture and markets, the industrial exhibit authority
  or a bridge and tunnel  authority  may  by  ordinance,  order,  rule  or
  regulation  prohibit,  restrict or regulate traffic on or pedestrian use
  of any  highway,  property  or  facility  under  its  jurisdiction.  The
  provisions  of section sixteen hundred of this title shall be applicable
  to such ordinances, orders, rules and  regulations,  provided,  however,
  that  such ordinances, orders, rules and regulations shall supersede the
  provisions of this  chapter  where  inconsistent  or  in  conflict  with
  respect to the following enumerated subjects:
    1.  Weights  and dimensions of vehicles, except that no combination of
  commercial vehicles, (as defined in paragraph (b) of subdivision  eleven
  of  section  three  hundred  seventy-six of the vehicle and traffic law)
  coupled together shall consist of more than three vehicles.
    2. Parking, standing, stopping and backing of vehicles.
    3. The prohibition  or  regulation  of  the  use  of  any  highway  by
  particular  vehicles  or  classes  or  types thereof or devices moved by
  human power, except hearses  operated  by  or  for  a  licensed  funeral
  director  or  undertaker  during  a  burial  or funeral procession while
  travelling either to or from  a  funeral,  interment  or  cremation  and
  except  specialized  vehicles  as defined by section four hundred one of
  this chapter.
    4. Charging of tolls, taxes, fees, licenses or permits for the use  of
  the  highway  or  any  of  its  parts,  where  the imposition thereof is
  authorized by law.
    5. Establishment of maximum and minimum speed limits at which vehicles
  may proceed on or along such highways. No such maximum speed limit shall
  be established at less than twenty-five  miles  per  hour,  except  that
  school  speed  limits  may be established at not less than fifteen miles
  per hour, for a distance not to exceed one thousand three hundred twenty
  feet, on a highway passing a school building,  entrance  or  exit  of  a
  school  abutting on the highway, and except that, with respect to bridge
  and elevated structures that are a part of any  such  highway,  a  lower
  maximum  speed  limit  may  be established if it is determined that such
  lower maximum speed limit is  the  maximum  speed  limit  which  may  be
  maintained  without  structural  damage to such bridge or structure, and
  except that, with respect to any highway under the jurisdiction  of  the
  office  of  parks,  recreation  and  historic preservation, other than a
  parkway as defined in subdivision  seventeen  of  section  1.03  of  the
  parks,  recreation  and  historic  preservation  law,  the department of
  agriculture and markets or the industrial exhibit authority,  a  maximum
  speed  limit  of  not less than ten miles per hour may be established on
  any portion thereof, if it is determined that such lower  maximum  speed
  limit  is necessary to assure the safety of the public, and except that,
  with respect to any highway having toll plazas, a maximum speed limit of
  not less than five miles per hour may be established for passage through
  such toll plazas.
    6. Operation of authorized emergency vehicles.
    7. Control of persons and equipment engaged in work on the highway.
    8. Hitchhiking and commercial activities.
    9. Use of medial strips and dividing malls  or  sections  and  use  of
  shoulders of the highway.
    10. Use of the highway by pedestrians, equestrians and animals.
    11. Turning of vehicles.
    12. Regulation of the direction of the movement of traffic and the use
  of traffic lanes.
    13.  Regulation  of  the  use  of  horns,  lights  and  other required
  equipment of vehicles.
    14. Towing and pushing of vehicles, including, but not limited to, the
  licensing and regulation of persons engaged in the business  of  towing,
  and  the  fixing  of  maximum charges to be made by such persons for the
  towing and storage of disabled vehicles.
    15. Objects projecting or hanging outside or on the top of vehicles.
    16. Entering and driving off the highway, its roadways, medial strips,
  dividing malls and shoulders.
    17.  The  prohibition  or  regulation  of   speed   contests,   races,
  exhibitions of speed, processions or parades.
    18. Littering the highway.
    19.  Vehicles  illegally  parked,  stopped  or  standing,  or vehicles
  involved in accidents, including, but not limited to,  the  removal  and
  storage  of  such vehicles, the fixing of reasonable charges, to be paid
  by the owner, operator  or  person  entitled  to  possession,  for  such
  removal  and  storage  and  for  other  expenses  incurred in connection
  therewith, the creation of liens on such vehicles for such  charges  and
  expenses,  the enforcement of such liens, the determination of ownership
  or right to possession of such vehicles, the time before  such  vehicles
  are  deemed  abandoned  vehicles  pursuant  to  section  twelve  hundred
  twenty-four of this chapter, and the  disposition  of  the  proceeds  of
  sales held pursuant to said section.
    19-a.  Requirements imposing a duty upon any person removing a vehicle
  illegally parked, stopped or standing, without  the  permission  of  the
  owner  or  operator,  to  accept  payment  in  person  by credit card in
  accordance with generally accepted business practices.
    20.   Transportation   of   combustibles,    chemicals,    explosives,
  inflammables,  or  other  dangerous  substances,  articles, compounds or
  mixtures, including, but not limited to, dangerous articles, as  defined
  in section three hundred eighty of this chapter.
    21. Traffic signal legend applicable to pedestrians and use of arrows.
    22. Designate preferential use lanes for specified types or classes of
    23.  Parking, standing and stopping of vehicles registered pursuant to
  section four hundred four-a  of  this  chapter  or  those  possessing  a
  special  vehicle identification parking permit issued in accordance with
  section one thousand two hundred three-a of this chapter.

   S 1631. Additional  traffic  regulation on the New York state thruway.
  In addition to the other powers granted by this article,  the  New  York
  state  thruway  authority  may  by order, rule or regulation prohibit or
  regulate overtaking and passing on the New York state thruway. Any  such
  order,  rule  or  regulation  shall  supersede the provisions of section
  eleven hundred twenty-three.

   S 1632. Application  of  article.  This  article  shall not apply with
  respect to any portion of the New York state thruway  located  within  a
  city having a population in excess of one million.

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