Rules Relating to Snow and Garbage Removal

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013



Statement of Basis and Purpose


The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter.


The adopted rule repeals subparagraph (iii)(A) of paragraph (1) and eliminates a redundancy such that operators of DOT and New York City Department of Sanitation snow plows, sand/salt spreaders and sweepers will now be subject to the general exemption set forth in subparagraph

(iv) of that same subsection. Subparagraph (iv) exempts all operators working on behalf of the city, state or federal government from the provisions of the traffic rules set forth in Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York while they are engaged in work on a roadway. This exemption is intended to allow these operators to effectively perform their work on the roadway.


Additionally, subparagraph (iii)(B) of paragraph (1) is being amended to include a specific exemption allowing refuse collection vehicles working on behalf of the City of New York to drive in a bicycle lane. They may only drive in the bicycle lane while collecting refuse and recyclable material.


Finally, subparagraph (iv) is being amended to clarify that the intent of the subparagraph is to apply the exemption from the traffic rules to workers and vehicles working on behalf of the City of New York, the State of New York or the federal government.




Proposed Rule: