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NY Crossover Mirror Law Effective Friday, Jan. 13

January 05, 2012

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A New York law requiring trucks to have crossover mirrors will go into effect next Friday, Jan. 13.
A New York state law requiring crossover mirrors will go into effect Friday, Jan. 13.
A New York state law requiring crossover mirrors will go into effect Friday, Jan. 13.
The law, which was signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, "is designed to reduce the risk of pedestrian deaths and injuries which can occur when truck drivers are unable to see persons directly in front of their vehicles," the legislation explains.

The new mirrors are required only for commercial vehicles weighing at least 26,000 pounds that operate on the streets of New York City (with the exception of expressways) and are registered in the state of New York.

The mirrors allow the driver to see any person at least 3 feet tall that is crossing the front of the vehicle at least 1 foot away. These same mirrors have been a requirement for school buses since the 1970s.

When we reported on the proposed law in July, not everyone was happy about the future requirement. In our article, a spokesperson for The New York State Motor Truck Association said the effectiveness of the mirrors decreases when a vehicle is in motion, and the majority of truck accidents occur when a truck is moving.

Some truck rental companies in areas surrounding New York City were also unhappy with the law because even though their companies weren't based out of the city, their trucks might end up in Manhattan, and the mirrors would then be required.

The legislation for the law can be found here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S3151-2011

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