1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Vehicle & Traffic
  4. Title 7: Rules of the Road
  5. Article 34-A: Operation of Motorcycles


Section 1252 Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic

Vehicle & Traffic (VAT)

(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.