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Article 34A - NY Vehicle and Traffic Law

OPERATION OF MOTORCYCLES

Section Description
1250Traffic laws apply to persons operating motorcycles.
1251Riding on motorcycles.
1252Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic.
1253Clinging to other vehicles.
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
  operator.
    (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
  the handlebars.
    (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
  single lane.
    (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
  single lane.
    (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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