New York Trucking Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.

There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Ithaca may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The New York Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382-384 and 390-399 of the federal regulations.

The following provisions are an overview of New York laws that affect trucks operating only in New York:

Driving of Motor Vehicles

New York had adopted Part 392 of the Federal Regulations with some exceptions. Drivers involved in an accident must stop, take precautions to prevent any further accident at the scene, provide necessary information to parties concerned, and report the accident as required.

The use of radar detectors and laser detectors in any commercial vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds is prohibited.

Parts and Accessories

New York has adopted Part 393 of the Federal Regulations in their entirety. No one can drive a vehicle on a public highway that emits unnecessary smoke or unnecessary offensive vapors.


New York has adopted Part 393 of the Federal Regulations, including regulations dealing with projecting and shifting or falling.

Crash reports are available from:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Accident Records Bureau
Swan Street Building, 4th Floor
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12228
(518) 474-076

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