Increase the weight requirement for pickup trucks to register as a passenger vehicle.

Increase the weight requirement for pickup trucks to register as a passenger vehicle.

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J Romano started this petition to New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and

Why is there an assumption that a pickup truck weighing over 6,000 lbs is a commercial vehicle?  Many people consider a pickup with crew cab, a family car.  They can seat six comfortably, and some people want them to plow their driveways, but most so-called three-quarter-ton pickups (weighing over 6,000 lbs) still can’t be registered as passenger vehicles in New York.  These pickups without significant modifications must be registered as commercial vehicles and cannot be driven in the left or HOV lane on the expressway or be driven on the parkways.  A family Suburban, which can weigh about 8,500 lbs fully loaded, or a small Mini School Bus ranging from 8,000-10,000 lbs with no passengers, can be driven on the parkways. 

In 2000, under pressure from automakers, the New York Motor Vehicle Department began allowing owners of pickups to choose between commercial and passenger plates for vehicles weighing less than 5,000 pounds unloaded. Pickups registered as passenger vehicles were allowed on the parkways but only in certain configurations — a crew cab or four-wheel drive could push some light trucks over the weight limit.

So in response to that, the threshold has currently been raised to 6,000 pounds, far less than the threshold needed for all personal pickup trucks to qualify as a passenger vehicle without significant modifications.

Weight was once a reliable indicator of vehicle use but passenger vehicles have packed on weight, and as vehicles classified as light trucks are replacing family sedans, this weight requirement is out of date.

The actual use of the vehicle should determine whether or not it needs commercial plates and NOT its weight! Please help change this!

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