Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety

Know the Facts
It is imperative for us to understand the shared responsibility we all have in reducing Commercial Motor Vehicle crashes. This is especially true as the motor carrier industry continues to grow to deliver the bulk of the consumer goods here in NYS. The trucking industry plays a pivotal role in New York State’s economy providing more than 275,000 jobs.

According to the Institute for Traffic Safety and Management Research (ITSMR), there were a total of 12,838 crashes involving large trucks in 2017.  A total of 4,096 (32%) of these crashes resulted in some type of personal injury and 93 of these crashes (.72%) resulted in one or more fatalities. Fatal & Personal Injury (F&PI) crashes involving large trucks are more likely to involve multiple vehicles (87%) than other F&PI crashes (70%).
New Oversized Vehicle Penalties

Effective September 30, 2020 new fines and penalties for overweight and over height vehicles go into effect. They are broken down by weight class: less than 10,000 pounds; between 10,000 pounds and 26,000 pounds; and over 26,000 pounds.  The maximum fines and penalties are as follows:

Less than 10,000 pounds

  • First violation - $250 and/or 15 days in jail
  • Second violation within 18 months - $500 and/or 45 days in jail
  • Third or subsequent violation within 18 months - $750 and/or 90 days in jail

Between 10,000 and 26,000 pounds

  • First violation - $1000 and/or 15 days in jail
  • Second violation within 18 months - $1500 and/or 45 days in jail
  • Third or subsequent violation within 18 months - $2500 and/or 90 days

Over 26,000 pounds

  • First violation - $5000 and/or 15 days in jail
  • Second violation within 18 months - $7500 and/or 45 days in jail
  • Third or subsequent violation within 18 months - $10,000 and/or 90 days in jail

New fines and penalties for over height vehicles are as follows:

  • First offense - $5000 and/or 30 days in jail
  • Second or subsequent offense - $7500 and/or 60 days in jail

In addition, for violations by vehicles exceeding 26,000 pounds (or otherwise defined), the owner's registration may be suspended for up to one year.

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Contact Information
Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Program Inquiries
Robert Lopez
Highway Safety Program Representative
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 410B
Albany, NY 12228
518-474-5111