On January 13, 2012, new legislation went into effect requiring cross over mirrors to be installed on all trucks that 1) qualify as commercial vehicles, 2) are registered in New York and 3) operate in New York City on streets (other than expressways).
The mirrors are to be installed on the front of the vehicle and will enable a driver to see anything that is at least three feet tall, passing a foot in front of the truck for the length of the truck. The new law can be found under Section 375-10e of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The New York State Motor Truck Association has indicated that a violation under this new law will be considered a “fix it” violation. Meaning that a violator will be given one business day to correct the violation and if the violator makes the correction the ticket will be dismissed. The documentation establishing that the violation was corrected needs to be provided to the court before the summons return date. If a violation is not corrected the violator will be subject to a $150 fine (for the first offense) plus court costs.