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Article 34A - NY Vehicle and Traffic Law
S 1250. Traffic laws apply to persons operating motorcycles. Every
person operating a motorcycle shall be granted all of the rights and
shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of any
other vehicle under this title, except as to special regulations in this
article and except as to those provisions of this title which by their
nature can have no application.
S 1251. Riding on motorcycles. (a) A person operating a motorcycle
shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto,
and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other
person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry
more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the
permanent and regular seat if designed for two persons, or upon another
seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the
(b) A person shall ride upon a motorcycle only while sitting astride
the seat, facing forward, with one leg on each side of the motorcycle,
unless said person is seated in a sidecar affixed to said motorcycle.
(c) No person shall operate a motorcycle while carrying any package,
bundle or other article which prevents him from keeping both hands on
(d) No operator shall carry any person, nor shall any person ride, in
a position that will interfere with the operation or control of the
motorcycle or the view of the operator.
S 1252. Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic. (a) All
motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle or
motorcycle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle
of the full use of a lane. However, this subsection shall not be
construed to prevent motorcycles from being operated two abreast in a
(b) The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the
same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.
(c) No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or
between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
(d) Motorcycles shall not be operated more than two abreast in a
(e) Subsections (b) and (c) shall not apply to police officers in the
performance of their official duties.
S 1253. Clinging to other vehicles. No person riding upon a motorcycle
shall attach himself or the motorcycle to any other vehicle or streetcar
on a roadway.
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