DOT Amendment of Traffic Rules Governing Speed Limit

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Download Copy of Adopted Rule (.pdf): 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule


On February 18, 2014, Mayor de Blasio launched the Vision Zero action plan – an ambitious plan to reduce traffic fatalities in New York City. Vision Zero accepts no traffic fatality as inevitable. Vision Zero allows government agencies, industry groups, key transportation stakeholders and the public to understand traffic crashes as the result of a series of actions that can be changed or prevented through enforcement, education and design.


The rule amends Section 4-06 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, which relates to speed limits.  The purpose of the rule is to update the speed limit rule to correspond with the change to the citywide speed limit.  Local Law 54 of 2014, which took effect on November 7, 2014, amended Section 19-177 of the New York City Administrative Code to reduce the official citywide speed limit from thirty miles per hour to twenty-five miles per hour.  This local law change was pursuant to the authority provided by Section 1642(a)(26) of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, which was also recently amended.   


DOT’s authority for this rule is found in Sections 1043(a) and 2903(a)of the New York City Charter.