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Article 15 - NY Vehicle and Traffic Law
REGISTRATION OF MOTORCYCLES
S 410. Registration of motorcycles; fees; renewals. 1. Registration by
owners. No motorcycles shall be operated or driven upon the public
highways of this state without first being registered in accordance with
the provisions of this article, except as otherwise expressly provided
in this chapter.
Every owner of a motorcycle which shall be operated or driven upon the
public highways of this state shall, except as otherwise expressly
provided, cause to be filed, by mail or otherwise, in the office or a
branch office of the commissioner, or with an agent of the commissioner,
constituted as provided in this chapter, an application for
registration, addressed to the commissioner, and on a blank to be
prepared under the direction of and furnished by the commissioner for
that purpose, containing: (a) A brief description of the motorcycle to
be registered, including the name of the manufacturer and factory number
of such vehicle; (b) the name, residence, including county and business
address of the owner of such motorcycle.
2. Registration record. Upon the receipt of a sufficient application
for registration, as provided in this article, the commissioner or agent
receiving it shall register such motorcycle, and maintain a record of
the registration of such motorcycle under the distinctive number
assigned to such motorcycle, as provided in this section, and the
information in such record may be obtained upon payment of the fees
specified in section two hundred two of this chapter.
3. Certificate of registration. Upon the filing of such application
and the payment of the fee hereinafter provided, the commissioner shall
assign to such motorcycle a distinctive number and, without expense to
the applicant, issue and deliver in such manner as the commissioner may
select to the owner a certificate of registration, in such form as the
commissioner may prescribe, and a number plate at a place within the
state of New York named by the applicant in his application. In the
event of the loss, mutilation or destruction of any certificate of
registration or number plate, the owner of a registered vehicle may file
such statement and proof of the facts as the commissioner shall require,
with a fee of three dollars, in the office of the commissioner, or,
unless and until the commissioner shall otherwise direct, in the office
of the agent who issued the certificate or plate and the commissioner or
his agent, as the case may be, shall issue a duplicate or substitute. No
application for registration shall be accepted unless the applicant is
at least sixteen years of age.
4. Times for registration and reregistration. Registration applied for
and certificates issued under any application shall expire on a date
determined by the commissioner. Registration shall be renewed
periodically in the same manner and upon payment of the same annual fee
as provided in this section for registration, to take effect and to
expire on dates to be determined by the commissioner. Provided, however,
that the commissioner shall have authority to fix the length of time for
which any such vehicle which is registered without fee shall be
registered. Provided further, however, that renewal of a registration
may be used preceding the expiration date of such registration including
such expiration date.
5. Registration fees. a. The annual fee for registration or
reregistration of a motorcycle shall be eleven dollars and fifty cents.
Beginning April first, nineteen hundred ninety-eight the annual fee for
registration or reregistration of a motorcycle shall be seventeen
dollars and fifty cents, of which two dollars and fifty cents shall be
deposited into the motorcycle safety fund established pursuant to
section ninety-two-g of the state finance law.
b. Where a registration is made for a period of more or less than one
calendar year, the registration fee shall not be prorated. The
provisions hereof with respect to the payment of registration fees shall
not apply to motorcycles owned or controlled by the state, a city,
county, village or town or any of the departments thereof, or any school
district or county extension service association, but in other respects
shall be applicable.
6. Fees in lieu of taxes. The registration fees imposed by this
article upon such vehicles shall be in lieu of all taxes, general or
local, to which motorcycles may be subject.
7. "Motorcycle" as used in this section shall mean a motorcycle as
defined by section one hundred twenty-three of this chapter.
S 410-a. Motorcycle safety program. 1. The commissioner shall
establish and administer a motorcycle safety program which shall consist
of approved motorcycle rider training courses, motorcycle course
instructor training, program promotion, and public awareness. Approved
rider training courses shall meet nationally recognized standards for
motorcycle rider training courses, or standards for motorcycle rider
safety programs which are approved by the department and are comparable
to the standards of the motorcycle safety foundation's motorcycle rider
safety program. Approved courses shall include at least eight hours of
instruction in the actual operation of a motorcycle. Monies from the
motorcycle safety fund established pursuant to section ninety-two-g of
the state finance law shall be used for the establishment and
implementation of this program.
2. The commissioner shall issue a request for proposals for the
coordination of a motorcycle safety program which shall set requirements
for the preparation of bids. The commissioner shall enter into a
contract, for a period of five years, with a motorcycle rider training
coordinating organization selected pursuant to such process. The
contract shall be awarded following the consideration of factors which
shall include, but not be limited to, the most favorable financial
advantage for the state, the greatest utility to the motorcyclist, the
comprehensiveness and effectiveness of such organization and its
compatibility with the existing rider education programs. The motorcycle
rider training coordination organization shall be subject to periodic
reporting requirements established by the department outlining the
administration and effectiveness of its program and an itemization of
all motorcycle safety fund allocations. Such motorcycle rider training
coordinating organization shall have at least three years experience in
the administration of a statewide motorcycle rider education program,
and have as its administrator an individual who has no financial or
proprietary interest in a motorcycle training school or facility.
3. The motorcycle rider training coordinating organization shall
submit to the commissioner for approval requests for advances pursuant
to a contract and reimbursements from the motorcycle safety fund for
equipment, operating and administrative costs and other expenses
necessary to carry out the provisions of this section. The commissioner
shall approve all such requests for expenditures that are in accordance
with the provisions of this section.
4. The commissioner shall annually file a report on expenditures from
the motorcycle safety fund, established pursuant to section ninety-two-g
of the state finance law, with the legislature. Such report shall
include the name of the funded motorcycle rider training coordinating
organization and the amount of funds distributed to it and shall provide
an evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the funded programs and
any recommendations for programmatic changes.
S 411. Distinctive number; form of number plates. 1. No person shall
operate or drive a motorcycle on the public highways of this state
unless such motorcycle shall have a distinctive number assigned to it by
the commissioner and a number plate issued by the commissioner with a
number corresponding to that of the certificate of registration
conspicuously displayed on the rear of such motorcycle, securely
fastened so as to prevent the same from swinging.
2. Such number plates shall be of such material, form, design and
dimensions and contain or set forth such distinguishing number or other
identification marks as the commissioner shall prescribe, provided,
however, that there shall be at all times a marked contrast between the
color of the number plates and that of the numerals or letters thereon,
and provided further that no motorcycle shall display the number plates
of more than one state at a time, nor shall any plate be used other than
those issued by the commissioner.
3. No person shall operate or drive a motorcycle upon the public
highways of this state having displayed thereon a number plate not
proper for such motorcycle under the provisions of this chapter and,
upon conviction for this offense, the number plate shall be surrendered
to the court for delivery to the commissioner.
4. No person shall knowingly authorize or permit a number plate issued
for a motorcycle owned and registered by him to be displayed on any
motorcycle other than a motorcycle to which such number plate has been
assigned by the commissioner, or upon which such number plate may
legally be displayed under a temporary certificate of registration
issued by a dealer under the provisions of section four hundred twenty
of this chapter.
S 411-a. Issuance of special number plates. 1. The commissioner may
issue special number plates to applicants therefor in the same manner as
other number plates are issued pursuant to this article. Such special
number plates shall be issued only upon payment of an annual service
charge of eighteen dollars and seventy-five cents in addition to the
regular fee prescribed by section four hundred ten of this article.
Application for special number plates shall be made in accordance with
regulations promulgated by the commissioner with respect to issuance of
such number plates. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of this
section, the difference collected between the service charge set forth
in this subdivision in effect on and after September first, two thousand
nine and the service charge set forth in this subdivision in effect
prior to such date shall be deposited to the credit of the dedicated
highway and bridge trust fund.
2. For purposes of this section, a special number plate shall be a
plate which contains not more than six letters, numerals or any
combination thereof and which is reserved by the commissioner for
issuance in accordance with the provisions of this section, or a plate
reserved for issuance in a series for motorcycles owned by public
officers, physicians, accredited representatives of the press or other
groups. In issuing special number plates the commissioner shall give
those applicants who held a special number plate at the time of the
enactment of this section the right to retain such special number plate
upon the payment of the annual service charge of fifteen dollars.
Provided, however, that such right of retention shall apply only to the
first renewal of the registration of such special number plate following
the enactment of this section.
3. This section shall not apply to any plates in a series reserved in
the public interest for purposes of facilitating identification of state
and municipal motorcycles and those owned by members of international
governmental organizations or any other vehicles which are exempt from
the payment of registration fees, nor to plates or series of plates
assigned by the commissioner for issuance by county clerks.
4. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to require the
commissioner to issue a special number plate or plates.
S 411-b. Registration fee schedule for historical motorcycles. For
each motorcycle which is owned and operated as an exhibition piece or
collectors item, and is used for participation in club activities,
exhibit, tours, parades, occasional transportation and similar uses, but
not used for general daily transportation, an annual fee of twenty-five
dollars. For purposes of this section, a historical motorcycle shall
mean any motorcycle manufactured more than twenty-five years prior to
the current calendar year, and any other model, year and type motorcycle
which has unique characteristics and which is determined by the
commissioner to be of historical, classic or exhibition value.
Registration plates for such motorcycles shall be of a type and design
approved by the commissioner, but shall be of a distinctive nature,
except that, with the approval of the commissioner, an owner of any such
motorcycle may utilize registration plates of this state with the date
of year corresponding to the model year date when the vehicle was
manufactured, if the model year date registration plate is legible and
serviceable, as determined by the department, in lieu of the
registration plates otherwise required by this chapter. Such plates
shall be used only for the operation of the motorcycle listed on the
registration application and on other motorcycles which would qualify
for registration under this schedule owned by persons other than the
registrant for the purpose of test driving by the registrant or his
agent in anticipation of possible purchase. No such registration will be
issued unless evidence of financial security, in a form prescribed by
the commissioner, is submitted which provides coverage for the
motorcycle listed on the registration application and for non-owned
motorcycles being operated with such plates. Notwithstanding any
inconsistent provision of this section, the difference collected between
the fees set forth in this section in effect on and after September
first, two thousand nine and the fees set forth in this section in
effect prior to such date shall be deposited to the credit of the
dedicated highway and bridge trust fund.
S 412. Punishment for violation. The violation of any of the
provisions of section four hundred ten of this chapter shall be
punishable by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than two hundred
dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than fifteen days, or by both
such fine and imprisonment except, if the violation consists of failure
to renew a registration which was valid within sixty days, the fine
shall be not less than twenty-five dollars. A violation of any of the
provisions of section four hundred eleven of this chapter shall be
punishable by a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than two
hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than fifteen days, or by
both such fine and imprisonment.
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