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Article 48A - NY Vehicle and Traffic Law
REGISTRATION OF LIMITED USE VEHICLES
S 2260. General provisions. Except as otherwise expressly provided
herein, all of the provisions of this chapter shall apply to a limited
use vehicle in the same manner as if such vehicle was not a limited use
S 2261. Registration. 1. Except as hereinafter provided, no person
shall operate any limited use vehicle on a public highway or street
within this state unless such limited use vehicle has been registered in
accordance with the provisions of this article, and the registration for
such limited use vehicle is in full force and effect and the
registration number plate or plates are displayed as hereinafter
2. A certificate of registration issued pursuant to this article shall
indicate that the registration is limited to use as provided in section
twenty-two hundred sixty-two of this chapter. No application for
registration shall be accepted unless the applicant is at least sixteen
years of age.
3. Fees. (a) The fees for the registration, renewal, reregistration or
amendment or duplicate of a registration of a limited use automobile
shall be the same fees as if such vehicle were registered pursuant to
section four hundred one of this chapter.
(b) The annual fee for the registration, renewal, reregistration or
amendment or duplicate of a registration of a limited use motorcycle
shall be six dollars and twenty-five cents. Any such registration will
commence and expire on dates to be determined by the commissioner. A fee
for a registration for periods of more or less than one year shall not
4. Carrying certificate. Every person operating a limited use vehicle
registered in accordance with any of the provisions of this article,
shall, upon the demand of any magistrate, police officer, peace officer,
when acting pursuant to his special duties, or motor vehicle hearing
officer produce for inspection the certificate of registration for such
limited use vehicle and shall furnish to such person any information
necessary for the identification of such limited use vehicle and its
owner. The failure to produce the certificate of registration as
provided herein shall not be an offense, but shall be presumptive
evidence of operating a limited use vehicle which is not registered as
required by this article.
5. Out-of-state limited use vehicle registration. The registration
provisions of this article shall not apply to a non-resident who has
registered his limited use vehicle in compliance with the registration
or licensing laws of the state, province or country of his residence,
provided that the limited use vehicle so registered in accordance with
the laws of the state, province or country of residence of such owner is
appropriately identified by an identification plate, sticker or other
identifying device issued by such state, province or country.
S 2262. Limitations on registrations. 1. A registration issued to a
class B or class C limited use motorcycle shall be valid only for
operation on public highways in the right hand lane available for
traffic or upon a usable shoulder on the right side of the highway. The
limitation with respect to operation in the right hand lane or upon a
usable shoulder shall not apply when preparing for a left turn at an
intersection or into or from a private road or driveway.
2. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, a
registration issued pursuant to this article shall not be valid for
operation on any public highway in violation of any state or local
ordinance, law, rule or regulation enacted or promulgated pursuant to
the provisions of Title VIII of this chapter prohibiting or restricting
the use of limited use vehicles, nor on any controlled access highway
other than on a bridge or tunnel or other portion of such highway which
is specifically designated for use by limited use vehicles by the
authority having jurisdiction over such bridge or tunnel or highway.
3. No person shall operate a limited use vehicle on a public highway
where such operation is not permitted in accordance with the provisions
of this section.
4. No person shall operate a low speed vehicle on any public highway:
(a) with a speed limit in excess of thirty-five miles per hour,
provided that the provisions of this paragraph shall not prohibit the
crossing of a public highway with a speed limit in excess of thirty-five
miles per hour where such highway intersects with a highway with a speed
limit of thirty-five miles per hour or less; or
(b) which, in the interest of public safety, a local authority or the
department of transportation has prohibited low speed vehicles.
S 2263. Revocation and suspension. In addition to revocation or
suspension of a registration pursuant to any other provision of this
chapter, all registrations issued to a registrant pursuant to this
article may be revoked where the holder is convicted of a second or
subsequent violation committed within a period of twelve months of
subdivision three of section twenty-two hundred sixty-two of this
chapter. Where a revocation is issued pursuant to this section, no new
limited use vehicle registration shall be issued to such person for a
period of one year from the date of such revocation.
S 2264. Display of registration number plate or plates. 1. The
registration number plate or plates assigned to a limited use vehicle
shall be displayed on the vehicle at all times such vehicle is operated
on the public highways in such manner as the commissioner may, be
regulation, prescribe. One registration number plate shall be issued by
the commissioner for a limited use motorcycle. One or two registration
number plates, as determined by the commissioner, shall be issued by the
commissioner for a limited use automobile. No number other than the
registration number plate assigned to a limited use vehicle by the
commissioner, or the identification number of the registration issued by
another state shall be painted, attached or otherwise displayed on a
limited use vehicle when such vehicle is being operated on a public
highway. Nothing herein shall prohibit the display of a vehicle
identification number plate or number affixed by the manufacturer or his
agent in accordance with section twenty-two hundred sixty-seven of this
2. Dealer demonstrator number plates shall conform to the requirements
set forth in subdivision one of this section with the exception that
such number plates may be temporarily but firmly affixed to the limited
use vehicle being demonstrated or tested.
3. The use of dealer demonstrator number plates shall be subject to
the provisions of sections four hundred fifteen and four hundred sixteen
of this chapter.
4. No dealer shall permit a dealer demonstrator number plate to be
used on any vehicle unless such vehicle would qualify for the issuance
of such a number plate when registered.
S 2265. Equipment, inspection and insurance. 1. Equipment. Unless
otherwise prescribed by regulation of the commissioner, a limited use
automobile shall be subject to the equipment requirements of this
chapter which are applicable to a passenger motor vehicle. Unless
otherwise prescribed by regulation of the commissioner, a limited use
motorcycle shall be subject to the equipment requirements which are
applicable to a motorcycle. The operator of a limited use motorcycle
shall be subject to the requirements of subdivisions six and seven of
section three hundred eighty-one of this chapter, except that the
requirements of subdivisions six and seven of section three hundred
eighty-one of this chapter shall not be applicable to the operator of a
class C limited use motorcycle. The commissioner may, by regulation,
provide for different equipment requirements for different classes of
limited use motorcycles. As far as practicable, such regulations, if
promulgated by the commissioner, shall be consistent with federal motor
vehicle safety standards established for similar vehicles. No person
shall operate a limited use vehicle on the public highways of this state
in violation of the provisions of this section or regulations
promulgated by the commissioner thereunder.
2. Inspection. (a) Limited use automobiles and class A limited use
motorcycles shall be subject to the inspection requirements of article
five of this chapter. The commissioner may, by regulation, provide for
different inspection procedures for different types of limited use
(b) Class B and class C limited use motorcycles shall be exempt from
any inspection requirements.
3. Insurance. The provisions of articles six, seven and eight of this
chapter shall be applicable to limited use vehicles, except that the
provisions of article six of this chapter shall not apply to class C
limited use motorcycles.
S 2267. Dealers and manufacturers. 1. No person shall engage in the
business of selling limited use vehicles unless there shall have been
issued to him a dealer registration in accordance with section four
hundred fifteen of this chapter. The commissioner may, by regulation,
provide for identification of dealers as dealers in limited use
vehicles, and he shall make provision for the issuance of appropriate
dealer demonstrator number plates to such dealers.
2. No dealer shall acquire any limited use vehicle for the purpose of
resale for use on the public highways within this state unless such
limited use vehicle has a vehicle identification number in a form and
manner acceptable to the commissioner permanently affixed to the frame
by the manufacturer or authorized agent of the manufacturer.
3. The commissioner may prescribe, by regulation, procedures to be
followed by dealers with respect to record keeping and documents
required upon the sale of a limited use vehicle, and procedures to be
followed by manufacturers with respect to the assignment and affixing of
vehicle identification numbers.
S 2268. Motor-assisted vehicle. Notwithstanding any other provision of
this chapter, a vehicle which is primarily designed to be propelled by
human power shall not be entitled to registration as a limited use
vehicle because of the addition of a motor. The commissioner shall
determine whether any vehicle is primarily designed to be propelled by
S 2269. Exemptions. 1. Fire and police vehicles are exempt from the
provisions of this article, except that the operator of such a vehicle
shall be required to be licensed as provided in article nineteen of this
2. Any limited use vehicle registered pursuant to this article which
would be exempt from the payment of registration fees if such vehicle
were to be registered pursuant to title four of this chapter, shall be
exempt from the payment of registration fees under this article.
S 2270. Rules and regulations. The commissioner is hereby empowered to
make such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary to carry out
the provisions of this article, including procedures with respect to the
certification of maximum performance speed of limited use vehicles.
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