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§ 1210(a)

Unattended Motor Vehicle

§ 1210

(a) No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the vehicle, and effectively setting the brake thereon and, when standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway, provided, however, the provision for removing the key from the vehicle shall not require the removal of keys hidden from sight about the vehicle for convenience or emergency.

(b) A driver may, for the purpose of getting away from the place of standing, move another vehicle which is so placed he cannot get his vehicle out; provided, however, that immediately thereafter he shall reset the brake and, if on a grade, turn the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway. This privilege is subject to the limitation set forth in § 1202(e).

(c) Towing agencies, which remove vehicles unlawfully parked on private property at request of the owner of the premises and without the written consent of the owner of the vehicle, shall immediately notify the local police station house having jurisdiction over the area where such vehicle was unlawfully parked, of the description of the car which was removed, and the time of removal.

It is a traffic infraction for any person to violate any of the provisions of the VTL unless such violation is by the VTL or other law of New York declared to be a misdemeanor or felony.

Every person convicted of a traffic infraction for a violation of any of the provisions of the VTL for which another penalty is not provided shall for a

  • first conviction thereof be punished by a fine of not more than $150 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days or by both such fine and imprisonment; for a conviction of a
  • second violation, both of which were committed within a period of 18 months, such person shall be punished by a fine of not more than $300 or by imprisonment for not more than 45 days or by both such fine and imprisonment; upon a conviction of a
  • third or subsequent violation, all of which were committed within a period of 18 months, such person shall be punished by a fine of not more than $450 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or by both such fine and imprisonment[.]

(1)(c) Whenever proceedings in an administrative tribunal or a court of New York result in a conviction for an offense or a traffic infraction under the VTL, there shall be levied a crime victim assistance fee in the amount of $5 and a mandatory surcharge, in addition to any sentence required or permitted by law, in the amount of $55.

(9) Notwithstanding the provisions of § 1809(1), in the event a proceeding is in a town or village court, the court shall add an additional $5 to the surcharges imposed by § 1809(1).

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, whenever proceedings in a court or an administrative tribunal of New York result in a conviction for an offense or for a traffic infraction under the VTL, there shall be levied in addition to any sentence, penalty or other surcharge required or permitted by law, an additional surcharge of $28.

The following violations shall not be assigned any point value:

(vii) any violation not resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle[.]

Last verified: 2018-03-31