Highway & Traffic Rules

New York City Highway Rules

The New York City Highway Rules (pdf) comprise Chapter 2 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York. It includes permits for street construction, schedules of fees, requirements for sidewalk, curb and roadway work, permits for street furniture, rules regarding newsstands, and other information.

DOT has enacted an amendment to the Highway Rules regarding Adopt-a-Greenway (pdf). This amendment went into effect on May 29, 2013.

DOT has enacted an amendment to the Highway Rules regarding street opening permits (pdf). This amendment will go into effect on June 12, 2013.

DOT has enacted an amendment to the Highway Rules regarding pedestrian traffic managers (pdf). This amendment went into effect on January 7, 2013.

DOT has enacted an amendment to the Highway Rules regarding microtrenching (pdf). This amendment went into effect on September 5, 2013.

DOT has enacted an amendment to the Highway Rules regarding construction signage requirements for DOT permittees (pdf). This amendment went into effect on April 16, 2014. Learn more about construction signs

New York City Traffic Rules

The New York City Traffic Rules and Regulations (pdf) comprise Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York. It includes rules on traffic signals; pedestrians; restrictions on turns; speed restrictions; other restrictions on movement; rules for parking, stopping, and standing; rules for buses, taxis and for-hire vehicles; truck routes; rules pertaining to parkways and parks; limitations upon dimensions and weight of vehicles; and other information. Learn more about City Rules

The Traffic Rules include a complete listing of designated truck routes. This listing appears in Section 4-13, which begins on page 65 of the Rules. Learn more about truck routes in New York City

DOT has enacted an amendment to the Traffic Rules relating to truck routes in Brooklyn (pdf). This amendment went into effect on October 17, 2013.

DOT has enacted an amendment to the Traffic Rules relating to commercial bicyclist safety (pdf). This amendment went into effect on May 18, 2013.

DOT has enacted an amendment to the Traffic Rules relating to snow and garbage removal (pdf). This amendment went into effect on April 3, 2013.

DOT has enacted an amendment to the Traffic Rules relating to intercity bus permits (pdf). This amendment went into effect on July 25, 2013.

DOT has enacted an amendment to the Traffic Rules relating to truck routes in Queens (pdf). This amendment went into effect on December 19, 2013.

Non-Functioning Traffic Signals

Motorists are advised that the New York City Traffic Rules require that vehicular traffic facing a signal that is not working shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection and shall proceed with caution through the intersection. See Section 4-03(a)(7) of the Traffic Rules (pdf) for more information.