Which National MUTCD should be followed in New York State?
With the release of the 2009 National MUTCD on December 16, 2009, there is some concern about which MUTCD should be followed in New York State. Section 1680 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law refers to the current National MUTCD and a Supplement adopted by the Commissioner of Transportation.
As of December 16, 2009, a new version of the National MUTCD was released. This new version replaces the National MUTCD refered to in the V&T law. The current MUTCD in New York State consists of the following two documents:
- National Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, 2009 Edition, effective January 15, 2010
- 17 NYCRR Chapter V, New York State Supplement to the National Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices - 2010 Edition, effective March 16, 2011
Please note that the 2009 National MUTCD has some new sections and the number of some of the signs and sections has changed accordingly. Standards in the 2009 National MUTCD must be followed.
The Cornell Local Roads Program is updating the Traffic Sign Handbook for Local Roads. Please keep going to the NYSDOT MUTCD webpage or the Cornell Local Roads Program MUTCD webpage for information and updates on new rules and regulations.
Laws of New York State (follow link, then select 'Laws of New York' at the bottom)