Amendment to the Rules Relating to Photo Speed Monitoring Systems for School Zones

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Friday, December 6, 2013

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule


New York State has adopted Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) Section 1180-b, effective August 30, 2013, which authorizes the City to establish a demonstration program implementing photo speed violation monitoring systems to record maximum speed limit violations in school speed zones. Subdivision (e) of VTL Section 1180-b authorizes the Parking Violations Bureau (PVB), a division of the New York City Department of Finance (DOF), to promulgate a schedule of fines and penalties for such violations. Subdivision (g) establishes requirements for the notice of liability.  Subdivision (h) authorizes the PVB to adjudicate violations under Section 1180-b. 


Speeding violations are often a significant factor in accidents which result in death or injury. Under VTL Section 1180-b, vehicle operators who exceed the speed limit in school zones and who are recorded by a photo speed violation monitoring system will receive a summons for the violation. VTL Section 1180-b enables the City to use technology to improve the safety and quality of life of motorists and pedestrians by reducing speeding in school zones. 


The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will implement the demonstration program.  DOT will maintain the photo speed violation monitoring systems, send notices of liability to motorists, and transmit information relating to violations to DOF.  The amendment establishes penalties for such violations, provides requirements for the notice of liability, and authorizes the PVB to adjudicate allegations of liability.


DOF’s authority for the rule is found in sections 389(b) and 1043 of the New York City Charter and section 1180-b of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.