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Motorcycle passenger laws: Your Stories

Question: Are children younger than 10 years old allowed to ride on the backs of motorcycles?
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Question: Are children younger than 10 years old allowed to ride on the backs of motorcycles?

Answer: Yes. Under New York State law, a child of any age may be a passenger on a motorcycle.

The passenger must wear a Department of Transportation approved motorcycle helmet and ride upon a permanent, regular seat on a motorcycle designed to carry more than one person.

The passenger must sit face forward with one leg on each side of the motorcycle and with each foot on a peg.

Another option is for the passenger to sit in an attached sidecar.

It is illegal for an operator to carry a passenger or for the passenger to ride in a position that will obstruct the driver’s vision or interfere with the operation or control of the motorcycle.

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