Seven Drivers’ License Restrictions in New York

Millions of drivers in the Empire State have at least one restriction on their licenses. In fact, restricted licenses may be more common than unrestricted ones, especially among certain age groups. Generally, these restrictions help drivers overcome physical limitations. Others prevent inexperienced drivers from getting in over their heads.

If a driver operates a vehicle in violation of a restriction and causes a crash, a New York personal injury attorney may be able to obtain compensation for the victim’s economic and noneconomic losses. Additional punitive damages may be available as well, in some cases. Moreover, if an incompetent driver borrows another person’s vehicle, that owner may be legally responsible for damages.


A2 Problem Driver

New York’s version of a limited or restricted license usually applies to drivers with alcohol-related convictions. Drivers with this restriction may only drive to and from work, to and from school, and in certain other situations. A2 restrictions and other driving record matters are usually admissible in New York Supreme Court.


B Corrective Lenses

This restriction may be the most common one. The DMV routinely imposes this restriction even if the person’s vision is pretty good. So, many people ignore this restriction, especially if they are driving during the day in a familiar area. However, as far as negligence law is concerned, these people are essentially driving blindfolded.


G Daylight Driving Only

Typically, the DMV imposes this restriction on people who are both visually and cognitively impaired. If these individuals drive at night or in unfamiliar areas, it is almost like they are driving while intoxicated or fatigued.


F-Class Mechanical Aids

These restrictions allow people to drive if they would otherwise be unable to do so. F means the driver must only operate vehicles with dual side mirrors; F1 means the driver must have additional visual or auditory aids. Many times, people with these restrictions drive someone else’s car to someplace like the store, and they cause a crash.


E-Class Transmission Types

E and E1 licensees can only operate vehicles with automatic transmissions. However, they often borrow someone else’s vehicle or try to learn how to use a stick in traffic.


I-Class Speed Restrictions

Is cannot drive any vehicle faster than 40 mph. The other I restrictions only apply to motorcycle riders. I-1’s limit is 40mph, I-2’s limit is 30 mph, and I-3’s limit is 20 mph. People routinely ignore these restrictions as well. They believe that traveling a few blocks at a high speed will do no harm.


P, Q, R, and U-Class Mechanical Restrictions

F-class restrictions usually apply to people with hearing or visual disorders. P, Q, R, and U restrictions normally apply to those with other kinds of physical disabilities. Often, after a number of years of driving, people with these restrictions feel they have sufficient experience and therefore they do not need them anymore. However, in terms of negligence law, they are 100 percent dependent on them unless and until the DMV lifts or modifies the restriction.


Reach Out to a Savvy NYC Attorney

People who ignore drivers’ license restrictions are dangerous operators. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in New York, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. You have a limited amount of time to act.