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Commercial Vehicles, Trucks and Tractor Trailers, and Buses are
on New York State Parkways

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Don't let this happen to you!

Every type of motor-driven vehicle used for commercial purposes on the highways, such as the transportation of goods, wares and merchandise and motor coaches carrying passengers; including trailers and semitrailers and tractors when used in combination with trailers and semitrailers, and excepting such vehicles as are run only upon rails or tracks.

Click here for the New York State Parkway Commercial Vehicle Brocure.

Every motor vehicle designed, used or maintained primarily for the transportation of property; provided, however, that a pickup truck or a van which is legally registered as a passenger vehicle and which has passenger license plates shall not be deemed to be a truck.

For information on how to register a pickup truck as a passenger vehicle Click Here.

Every motor vehicle used for transportation of persons that is designed for carrying more than 14 passengers, or has more than four tires, or that exceeds 9 feet in height from underside of tire to the top of the vehicle, 7 feet in width or 19 feet in length.

Who can I contact with any questions I may have?

Contact the NYSDOT Region 8 Regional Director's Office at (845)-431-5750.
They will be able to answer any specific questions you may have.

What are the consequences?

Entering any parkway while driving a commercial vehicle, truck, or bus could result in:

  • Fines and/or points on your drivers license;
  • Possible physical injury to yourself or others;
  • Damage to your vehicle;
  • Damage to infrastructure;
  • Towing fees in excess of $10,000;
  • Reimbursement costs to the State and City for bridge repair;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Loss of employment.

What If I mistakenly drive on a State Parkway?

If you have mistakenly entered a parkway and are approaching a low overhead clearance:

  • Stop the truck safely, on the shoulder where practical;
  • Turn hazard lights on;
  • Call 911 for assistance; and
  • Set out hazard warning devices if equipped and trained to do so.

For more NYS Parkway FAQs, Definitions, and Regulation Excerpts, click here!

Obey the Signs!

Commercial Vehicles must look for and obey these signs:

These signs mean “No Trucks.” They are typically located at the entrance ramp for parkways or are attached to guide signs indicating roadways where trucks, trailers and tractor trailers are not permitted.

This sign prohibits all vehicles above 6’11” in height from entering a roadway where it is posted.