NY Traffic Points and Penalties

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§ 375(2)(a)

Inadequate Head, Rear, Plate Lamps

§ 375

(2)(a) Every motor vehicle except a motorcycle, driven upon a public highway during the period from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise or at any other time when windshield wipers are in use, as a result of rain, sleet, snow, hail or other unfavorable atmospheric condition, and at such other times as visibility for a distance of 1,000 feet ahead of such motor vehicle is not clear, shall display:

(1) at least two lighted head lamps on the front, one on each side, having light sources of equal power;

(2) if manufactured prior to Jan. 1, 1952, at least one lighted lamp on the rear which shall display a red light visible from the rear for a distance of at least 500 feet;

(3) if manufactured on or after Jan. 1, 1952, at least two lighted lamps on the rear, one on each side, which lamps shall display a red light visible from the rear for a distance of at least 1,000 feet; and

(4) if required to display a number plate on the rear, a white light which shall illuminate the numerals on such plate in such manner as to render such numerals legible for at least 50 feet from the rear. The provisions of § 375(2)(a)(4) shall also apply to trailers.

(32) The violation of [this provision of § 375] shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $150 or by imprisonment for not exceeding 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment[.]

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.

(1)(a) Whenever proceedings in an administrative tribunal or a court of New York result in a conviction for a traffic infraction pursuant to Art. 9 - Equipment of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles, 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 $25.

(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:

(ii) any violation relating to motor vehicle inspection, vehicle weights or dimensions or vehicle equipment other than inadequate service brakes[.]

Last verified: 2018-03-31