SLOW-MOVING VEHICLES ARE:
- All vehicles that operate at 25 mph or less, including:
- self-propelled agricultural equipment
- road construction & maintenance machinery
- animal-powered vehicles.
USE CAUTION WHEN SHARING THE ROAD WITH SLOW-MOVING VEHICLES
Expect to see slow-moving most often from late April through mid-October, due to planting and harvesting crops.
NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES:
- Slow-moving vehicle emblems (SMVEs) on all vehicles traveling 25 mph or less.
- The SMVEs are to be displayed in the middle of the back end of the vehicle 2 to 6 feet above the road.
- The SMVEs are to be kept clean and replaced when faded.
- Each piece of agricultural equipment whether self propelled or used in combination shall separately display a slow-moving vehicle emblem.
- It is illegal to put SMV emblems on stationary objects - such as:
- driveway posts.
SLOW-MOVING VEHICLE RESTRICTION:
Under NYS Law, self-propelled agricultural equipment can be operated on public roadways after dark and when visibility is reduced to less than 1,000 feet if they meet the following requirements.
The vehicle is equipped with lamps in good working order and are lighted:
- Head lights: 2 white colored on the front
- Tail lamps: 1 red colored at the rear and far left as possible
- Hazard flashers / turn indicators: 2 amber lamps at least 42 inches high; visible from the front and rear.
SHARING THE ROAD WITH SLOW-MOVING VEHICLES:
- Motorists should:
- slow down immediately
- increase following distance
- be alert and watch for turns
- drive courteously
- pass with care
- be aware that animal-powered vehicles may make unanticipated movements
- remember that SMVs operators may have poor visibility due to loads and equipment in tow
- be aware the equipment in tow may sway.