2019 New York Laws
VAT - Vehicle and Traffic
Title 7 - Rules of the Road
Article 34-A - Operation of Motorcycles
1251 - Riding on Motorcycles.

Universal Citation: NY Veh & Traf L § 1251 (2019)
§ 1251. Riding  on  motorcycles.  (a)  A person operating a motorcycle
shall ride only upon the permanent and regular  seat  attached  thereto,
and  such  operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other
person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to  carry
more  than  one  person,  in  which  event a passenger may ride upon the
permanent and regular seat if designed for two persons, or upon  another
seat  firmly  attached  to  the  motorcycle  at  the rear or side of the

(b) A person shall ride upon a motorcycle only while sitting astride the seat, facing forward, with one leg on each side of the motorcycle, unless said person is seated in a sidecar affixed to said motorcycle.

(c) No person shall operate a motorcycle while carrying any package, bundle or other article which prevents him from keeping both hands on the handlebars.

(d) No operator shall carry any person, nor shall any person ride, in a position that will interfere with the operation or control of the motorcycle or the view of the operator.

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