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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to issue rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter.  The rules that DOT amends are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to its “Traffic Rules.”


This rule clarifies that a bicycle sharing system must not be operated in New York City without the DOT’s prior written authorization.  Specifically, the amendments to the Traffic Rules are as follows:


•Section 4-01 is amended by adding new definitions for “bicycle sharing system”, “person” and “public highway”.  



•Section 4-12(p)(6) is amended by adding a new paragraph that establishes the specific rule that prohibits operating a bicycle sharing system in New York City without the prior written authorization of the Department.

 
Effective Date: 
Thu, 08/16/2018

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City by Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter. The rules that DOT is amending are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to the “Traffic Rules and Regulations.”

The purpose of these rule amendments is to reflect simplified parking signage that DOT has implemented over the last few years as well as to make general clean-up amendments. Specifically, the amendments to Chapter 4 of Title 34 are the following:

• Section 4-01(b) is amended to add a new definition for “dedicated use signs”, and update the definition of “taxi” to include green taxis.

• Section 4-08(a)(1) is amended to clarify that standing is prohibited when a dedicated use sign is posted.

• Section 4-08(a)(6) is amended to delete obsolete references to parking meters.

• Sections 4-08(c), 4-08(d), and 4-08(k), 4-08(l), and 4-08(o) are amended to clarify and delete certain references to specific dedicated use signs.

• Sections 4-08(d), 4-08(l)(1), and 4-08(o) are amended to update certain references to “handicapped permits”; delete a reference to a painted blue line in the Blue Zone; and delete certain obsolete portions of the rules relating to IVPS system.

• Section 4-11(a)(3) is being repealed in its entirety as it is no longer applicable.

• Section 4-12(m) is amended to reflect bus lane restrictions as contemplated by Local Law 113 of 2013.
In response to comments received by DOT, the following changes have been made to the proposed rule, which are reflected in the adopted rules:

• Remove proposed language regarding parking at a taxi stand so as not to conflict with 35 RCNY §80-19(c)(3).
• Clarify that an authorized bus cannot park even in an assigned bus stop.
• Consistently use the term “for-hire vehicle stand” instead of “for-hire vehicle stop”.

Effective Date: 
Wed, 08/01/2018

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City by Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter. The rules that DOT is amending are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to the “Traffic Rules and Regulations.”
The purpose of this rule amendment is to clarify that pedal-assist bicycles meeting the requirements of these rules are legal to operate in New York City. This rule will recognize that pedal-assist bicycles are permissible, whereas throttle e-bikes, may not be legally operated on public highways, which include streets, under State and city law. Specifically, the amendments to the Traffic Rules are as follows:

• Section 4-01 adds a new definition for “pedal-assist bicycle” and clarifies the definition of “bicycle” to include pedal-assist bicycles. It should be noted that DOT does not interpret section 19-176.2 of the New York City Administrative Code to prohibit pedal-assist bicycles as defined herein.

• Section 4-12(p)(5) is a new paragraph that establishes the specific rules that apply to pedal-assist bicycles.

In response to the volume of comments received by DOT relating to the conversion, retrofitting, and labeling of pedal-assist bicycles, DOT will work with manufacturers to facilitate appropriate aftermarket compliance and will supplement or amend these rules in the future to further address these issues, where appropriate.
The following changes have been made to the proposed rule, which are reflected in the adopted rules:
• Clarify the definition of “pedal-assist bicycle” and remove the label requirement from the definition.
• Revise the label requirement to provide some flexibility so that the label could be placed on the electric motor of the pedal-assist bicycle or elsewhere on the bicycle.
• Revise the label requirement so that the original label could be provided by the manufacturer of the bicycle and/or the manufacturer of the electric motor.
• Add “motor-assisted” to the reference relating to maximum speed of a pedal-assist bicycle.

Effective Date: 
Sat, 07/28/2018

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, July 2, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to issue rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter. The rules that DOT is seeking to amend are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to its “Traffic Rules.”

This proposed rule would clarify that a bicycle sharing system must not be operated in New York City without the DOT’s prior written authorization. Specifically, the amendments to the Traffic Rules being proposed are as follows:

• Section 4-01 would be amended by adding new definitions for “bicycle sharing system”, “person” and “public highway”.

• Section 4-12(p)(6) would be amended by adding a new paragraph that establishes the specific rule that prohibits operating a bicycle sharing system in New York City without the prior written authorization of the Department.

Subject: 

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Location: 
DOT Bid Room
55 Water Street, Concourse Level Entrance is located on the SE corner of 55 Water St facing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

No contact

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:30)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to issue rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter.  The rules that DOT is seeking to amend are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to its “Traffic Rules.”

 

On April 3, 2018, Mayor de Blasio announced that the City will sanction low-speed pedal-assist bicycles that operate with the assistance of human power, specifying the exact type of permissible equipment. E-bikes possessing throttle capacity, or any capacity to operate without human power, remain illegal under State and local law.

 

In its announcement, the City outlined the following benefits of pedal-assist bicycles:

 

Increased Cycling Options for Delivery Workers and Commuters: This proposed rule will help meet the City’s goals of doubling the number of active cyclists by 2020.  In addition to creating more ways to get around in neighborhoods and areas underserved by transit, the proposed rule will be helpful for those considering new commuting options during the closure of the L train tunnel starting in April 2019. The Williamsburg Bridge currently has over 7,000 daily bicycling trips; during the tunnel closure, cycling trips over the bridge are expected to more than double.

 

Health and Sustainability: Pedal-assist bicycles contain a rechargeable battery that can be used to travel longer distances or boost power going up hills -- and are among the fastest-growing and most environmentally sound modes of urban travel, both around the U.S. and around the world.  One European study has shown substantial health and environmental benefits, including that pedal-assist bicycles increase cycling, especially among older users.  Research has also shown that pedal-assist bicycle trips most often replace car trips; with the ability to avoid car traffic and parking costs, trips on pedal-assist bicycles are usually both faster and cheaper.

 

 

The proposed rule provides a transportation alternative that is legal, sustainable (zero-emission) and safe.

 

The purpose of this proposed rule amendment is to clarify that pedal-assist bicycles meeting the requirements of these rules are legal to operate in New York City.  This proposed rule will recognize that pedal-assist bicycles are permissible, whereas throttle e-bikes, capable of travel at speeds over 20 MPH, may not be legally operated on public highways, which include streets, under State and city law.  Specifically, the amendments to the Traffic Rules being proposed are as follows:

 

  • Section 4-01 adds a new definition for “pedal-assist bicycle” and clarifies the definition of “bicycle” to include pedal-assist bicycles.

 

  • Section 4-12(p)(5) is a new paragraph that establishes the specific rules that apply to pedal-assist bicycles.
Subject: 

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Location: 
NYC DOT
55 Water Street, Concourse Level Entrance is located on the SE corner of 55 Water Street facing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to issue

rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York

City Charter. The rules that DOT is seeking to amend are contained within Chapters 3 and 4 of Title 34

of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to its Traffic Rules.

Local Law 91 of 2017 amends sections 10-157 and 10-157.1 of the New York City Administrative Code

(the “Admin. Code”) regarding bicycles used for commercial purposes. Based on these recent

amendments, the following changes to the Traffic Rules are being proposed:

  • Section 4-12(p)(4)(i) would be amended by adding a new definition of “bicycle operator” and

revising the definition of “business using a bicycle for commercial purposes”.

  • Section 4-12(p)(4)(ii) would be amended by deleting the bicycle safety poster posting

requirements in subparagraph (ii) and adding new registration requirements for a business

using a bicycle for commercial purposes that does not have a site within the city that is open

and available to the public.

  • Section 4-12(p)(4)(iii) – (vi) would be amended by revising the requirements for the bicycle

safety poster.

  • Section 3-01 would be amended by adding a new penalty to the Penalty Schedule.

This proposed rulemaking also includes plain language and other minor changes to Section 4-01

(“Words and phrases defined”) identified during the retrospective rules review conducted by the

Mayor’s Office of Operations with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, and the

Office of Management and Budget.

Subject: 

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Location: 
55 Water Street, Concourse Level Entrance is located on the SE corner of 55 Water St facing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City by Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter. The rules that DOT is seeking to amend are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to “Traffic Rules and Regulations.”

 

The purpose of these proposed rule amendments is to make clear that misuse of certain parking permits is a violation of DOT rules.

 

The amendments to Chapter 4 of Title 34 are detailed more specifically below:

 

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Section 4-08(a)(1) is amended to clarify that agency vehicles must follow parking rules.

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Section 4-08(o)(3) is amended to clarify eligibility for agency-authorized permits.

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Section 4-08(o)(3) is amended to add a violation for misuse of an agency-issued parking permit as a separate violation of DOT rules.

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Section 4-08(o)(3) is amended to add a violation for use of a fraudulent parking permit as a separate violation of DOT rules.

The New York City Department of Transportation’s authority for these rules is found in section 1043 and 2903(a) of the New York City Charter.

Subject: 

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Location: 
55 Water Street, Concourse Level Entrance to Bid Room is located on the SE corner of 55 Water St facing the Vietnam Memorial Plaza
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, February 5, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City by Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter. The rules that DOT is seeking to amend are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to the “Traffic Rules and Regulations.”

 

The purpose of these proposed rule amendments is to reflect simplified parking signage that DOT has implemented over the last few years as well as to make general clean-up amendments.   Specifically, the amendments to Chapter 4 of Title 34 are the following:

 

·        

Section 4-01(b) is amended to add a new definition for “dedicated use signs”, and update the definition of “taxi” to include green taxis.

 

·        

Section 4-08(a)(1) is amended to clarify that standing is prohibited when a dedicated use sign is posted.

 

·        

Section 4-08(a)(6) is amended to delete obsolete references to parking meters.

 

·        

Sections 4-08(c), 4-08(d), and 4-08(k), 4-08(l), and 4-08(o) are amended to clarify and delete certain references to specific dedicated use signs.

 

·        

Sections 4-08(d), 4-08(l)(1), and 4-08(o) are amended to update certain references to “handicapped permits”;  delete a reference to a painted blue line in the Blue Zone; and delete certain obsolete portions of the rules relating to IVPS system.

 

·        

Section  4-11(a)(3) is being repealed in its entirety as it is no longer applicable.

 

 

·        

Section 4-12(m) is amended to reflect bus lane restrictions as contemplated by Local Law 113 of  2013.

Subject: 

DOT proposed rule amending the traffic rules to reflect current parking signage and a clarification on bus lanes.

Location: 
DOT Bid Room
55 Water Street, Concourse Level Bid Room is located on the SE corner of 55 Water St facing the NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza.
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

No contact

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

The use of sealed shipping containers for the transportation of goods has led to a global transformation of maritime shipping operations. The efficiency and security afforded by sealed shipping containers has remained an important factor in choice of seaports and the availability of container servicing facilities and jobs. Access to the port facilities is a major determinant of the sustainable growth and development of port regions and the roadway transportation systems leading to the ports must be adequate to accommodate the container loads. Trucks hauling sealed shipping containers from New Jersey across the Goethals Bridge to the Howland Hook Global Container Terminal (GCT) in Staten Island require a route that can safely accommodate this sealed shipping container cargo without adversely impacting roadways and neighborhoods that are not designed for this cargo. The Howland Hook GCT supports approximately 300 well-paid jobs, moves 150,000 containers each year, and is the City and State’s largest international cargo gateway. Due to roadway design and geometric constraints, existing New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) regulations prohibit trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds and trucks that are longer than 55 feet in total length from using portions of certain highways, except when they receive appropriate permit(s). The current regulations put the Howland Hook GCT and the greater New York City area at a disadvantage when competing against other seaports in the area for maritime-based jobs and economic activity even as investments in modern crane lifts and container handling equipment are being made, and channel dredging for improved access to the port is underway. This rule supports the growth of maritime cargo jobs in New York City. This rule expands the transportation network through designated routes in Staten Island to permit trucks hauling sealed shipping containers to operate safely and legally on New York City streets. It provides a clearly defined, safe route for drivers to haul sealed containers to and from Howland Hook GCT, exclusively using specified highways and streets. Additionally, it permits trucks that are up to 73-1/2 feet in length that are carrying sealed shipping containers to weigh up to 90,000 pounds to utilize the specified route DOT’s rules are not affected by these amendments with respect to the existing prohibition on trucks with overweight and oversized trailers from being operated on any non-designated highway or street in New York City, such as destinations off the designated routes in Staten Island. Moreover, loads transported across streets and structures not regulated by New York City may still require additional authorization. The Department of Transportation’s authority for these rules is found in section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter and sections 385 and 1642 of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law. In response to comments received by DOT, the added subparagraphs (ix) and (xv) of paragraph 1 of subdivision (j) have been revised to provide more particularity in describing the routes designated in such subparagraphs, i.e., “Western Avenue” and “Gulf Avenue”, respectively. These changes are reflected in the adopted rules.

Effective Date: 
Sat, 01/20/2018

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

The use of sealed shipping containers for the transportation of goods has led to a global transformation of maritime shipping operations. The efficiency and security afforded by sealed shipping containers has remained an important factor in choice of seaports and the availability of container servicing facilities and jobs. Access to the port facilities is a major determinant of the sustainable growth and development of port regions and the roadway transportation systems leading to the ports must be adequate to accommodate the container loads.
Trucks hauling sealed shipping containers from New Jersey across the Goethals Bridge to the Howland Hook Global Container Terminal (GCT) in Staten Island require a route that can safely accommodate this sealed shipping container cargo without adversely impacting roadways and neighborhoods that are not designed for this cargo. The Howland Hook GCT supports approximately 300 well-paid jobs, moves 150,000 containers each year, and is the City and State’s largest international cargo gateway.
Due to roadway design and geometric constraints, existing New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) regulations prohibit trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds and trucks that are longer than 55 feet in total length from using portions of certain highways, except when they receive appropriate permit(s). The current regulations put the Howland Hook GCT and the greater New York City area at a disadvantage when competing against other seaports in the area for maritime-based jobs and economic activity even as investments in modern crane lifts and container handling equipment are being made, and channel dredging for improved access to the port is underway. The proposed rule would support the growth of maritime cargo jobs in New York City.

The proposed rule would expand the transportation network through designated routes in Staten Island to permit trucks hauling sealed shipping containers to operate safely and legally on New York City streets. It would:
 Provide a clearly defined, safe route for drivers to haul sealed containers to and from Howland Hook GCT, exclusively using specified highways and streets; and
 Permit trucks that are up to 73-1/2 feet in length that are carrying sealed shipping containers to weigh up to 90,000 pounds to utilize the specified route.

DOT’s rules would not be affected by these proposed amendments with respect to the existing prohibition on trucks with overweight and oversized trailers from being operated on any non-
designated highway or street in New York City, such as destinations off the designated routes in Staten Island. Moreover, loads transported across streets and structures not regulated by New York City may still require additional authorization.
The Department of Transportation’s authority for these rules is found in section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter and sections 385 and 1642 of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law.

Subject: 

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Location: 
55 Water Street, Bid Room, Concourse Level Bid Room is located on the SE corner of 55 Water St facing the NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

No contact

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

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