"Can I drive my truck on the parkway?"This is one of the most frequently asked questions at NYCRoads.com. The guide below should help you determine if you can use your pickup, van, or other truck on Long Island's parkway system.
Pickup trucks and vans are permitted on controlled-access parkways under the following conditions:
They must have passenger car plates.They must be used only for non-commercial purposes.They must have an empty (unladen) weight of 5,500 pounds or less.
All trucks are permitted on the following parkways south of Merrick Road / Montauk Highway (NY 27A) for local deliveries only:
Bay ParkwayHeckscher State (Southern State) ParkwayLoop ParkwayMeadowbrook State ParkwayOcean ParkwayRobert Moses CausewayWantagh State Parkway
All other trucks that do not meet the conditions above are not permitted on controlled-access parkways. This restriction includes moving vans, trucks and trailers.All vehicles (including passenger cars) with trailers or cargo carried on the roof are not permitted on parkways in New York State.Vehicles with "combination" plates from other states are not permitted on parkways in New York State.
Route shields by Ralph Herman. Photos by Steve Anderson, David Golub, and Doug Kerr.