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New York's License Plate Laws Don't Work for Bike Racks

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If you're a cyclist in New York, you know how difficult it can be to legally transport your bike on your car. The state's license plate laws make it nearly impossible, with three laws working together to create obstacles for even the most careful and well-meaning cyclists.

New York Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 402 requires unobstructed front and rear license plates. This means that no part of the vehicle or anything carried on it can obstruct or obscure the license plate. New York City, NYCRR 4-08(J)(2) has a similar impact, although it speaks to non-moving vehicles. In addition, New York State Code sec. 182.29 makes most roof racks illegal on state parkways, limiting the height of the vehicle, article, and rack.

These laws make it difficult for cyclists to legally carry bikes on their cars, leaving them with few options: knowingly be out of legal compliance, placing them inside the vehicle or never transport their bike by car. No option is reasonable, especially for those who rely on their bikes for transportation or recreation. Daniel Flanzig, a board member of the New York Bicycling Coalition as well as the New York Coalition for Transportation Safety is well aware of this problem and is working to find a solution for New York cyclists.

A knowledgeable attorney can help cyclists overcome these and other obstacles and protect their rights. They can provide legal guidance on how to transport a bike on a car while complying with New York's laws and regulations.

In addition, a New York bike crash attorney can assist cyclists who have been involved in an accident. They can help navigate the complex legal process and ensure that the cyclist receives the compensation they deserve for any injuries or damages.

If you're a cyclist, don't let the state's license plate laws keep you from legally transporting your bike on your car. Contact us today to learn more about your options and protect your rights. At Flanzig and Flanzig, LLP, we have the knowledge and experience to help you overcome these obstacles and get back on the road safely.

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