It’s Illegal to Drive a Car Covered With Snow and Ice in NYS
This winter, keep it street legal.
There's nothing worse than getting stuck behind the jerk who didn't clean off their car of snow and ice...and now it's hitting your car. New York State recognizes how miserable that is, so they did something about it. In 2013, the New York State Senate amended a 2008 law that required certain motor vehicles to be cleared of accumulated snow, sleet, or hail, according to The Eagle.
The amended law reads as follows, according to The Eagle:
S 1229-E. CLEARANCE OF SNOW, SLEET, AND HAIL.
1. NO PERSON SHALL OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE ON A PUBLIC STREET OR HIGHWAY WHILE THERE IS AN ACCUMULATION OF SNOW, SLEET, OR HAIL ON THE ROOF OR CARGO BED SURFACES THEREOF, WHETHER OF ANY OCCUPANT COMPARTMENT, TRAILER, OR OTHER CARGO COMPARTMENT IN EXCESS OF THREE INCHES.
2. THE REMOVAL OF ACCUMULATED SNOW, SLEET, OR HAIL REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY DURING THE FALLING OF SNOW, SLEET, OR HAIL OR WITHIN THREE HOURS AFTER THE CESSATION OF THE FALLINGTHEREOF.
3. (A) THE OPERATOR OF A NON-COMMERCIAL VEHICLE IN VIOLATION OF THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, EXCLUDING A DISABLED OPERATOR, SHALL BE
SUBJECT TO A FINE OF NOT LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS NOR MORE THAN EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS.
In short, you must clear all the snow and ice that has accumulated on your car before driving, including the roof and the bed of your truck. The Eagle reports that this law could expire in September 2024. But until then, those driving with snow and ice on their car could be fined up to $850.