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NY Parkway van restriction question

Next week, I am traveling from NJ to NH. The navigation system suggests routes that include NY parkways. My transit is a 150 MR 148 cargo. It is not registered commercial. Am I allowed on NY parkways? I searched here and also via Google but the results are inconclusive. Even the NY DMV site is vague on this issue.

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Not an answer but some bridges on the parkway system have posted vertical clearances as low as 6’11”. This link maybe of interest...

https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/downlo...a_parkways.pdf
Yes, I saw that one... thanks. A few years ago, I pulled a toy hauler home from up north and followed the navigation system. I was not paying attention and wound-up with a $100 ticket on a four lane parkway. Believe me when I tell you it is difficult to avoid these roads in certain sections of NY.
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Another reason I'm so happy to live on the Best Coast.

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Another reason I'm so happy to live on the Best Coast.
the pendulum swings both ways.
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natural disasters are natural.
we get earthquakes, midwest gets tornados, beast coast gets hurricanes, we all get unprecedented weather events now.

Man-made impediments such as 7' clearance overpasses because the infrastructure is made for a time and use long since gone is avoidable. Most of the infrastructure on the best coast was built after WW2 and even more so in the last 30 years, so it's capable of modern uses and needs.

Not really a debate about best vs beast coast; rapper style, but a debate about infrastructure and development. A lot of stuff needs to be leveled and built over again because it just doesn't work the way we need it to anymore, yet that creates a whole domino effect in heavily urbanized/suburbanized areas, and you'd end up having to tear down nearly everything as well as some residences and other personal property to do it "right".

Or maybe Elon Musk and his Boring Company will save us, as will HyperLoop.

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... A few years ago, I pulled a toy hauler home from up north and followed the navigation system. I was not paying attention and wound-up with a $100 ticket on a four lane parkway. Believe me when I tell you it is difficult to avoid these roads in certain sections of NY.
A couple years ago I was just following the Transit's navigation system and it led me into those NYC parkways. Luckily I spotted a low clearance warning sign (I have a high roof Transit) and was able to get turned around at a highway maintenance depot.

Wouldn't it be nice if the Transit's navigation system would keep us out of places that don't fit/allow our vans.

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When traveling I always right down the hwy's I want to use. My gps will reset it when I go where I want it to do. To answer your question you should be fine on the parkway.
I would go 287 N then over the tappan zee bridge. 684N - 84E to mass pike (90)- then where ever from there.
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You should be fine on the Bronx River in NYC, Saw Mill and Taconic Parkways. The really low parkway bridges are on Long Island (purposely built that way for both aesthetics and to keep commercial traffic/buses from using the parkways). If you have non-commercial plates and side windows (even the little port holes) you will be okay.

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Vans (Part 106.3 (d))
You can register it in the 'Passenger' class if the van has

at least one side window behind the driver, and
at least one seat or set of seat fittings that is installed behind the driver, or
camping equipment that is installed behind the driver.
'camping equipment' indicates that you have a permanent bed, a permanent stove, or a permanent refrigerator in the vehicle
if you install seats behind the driver, you must also install seatbelts that meet NY State Occupant Restraint Law requirements


NOTE: These modifications must be permanent. If you use a van or pick-up truck without the required modifications, then you must register it in the 'Commercial' registration class.
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Can you clarify what "parkway" laws your describing, what to look our for other than a height limit sign 8'6" (MR) This West Coast guy planning trip to east coast via NYC & Niagara Falls. Thanks
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If there isn't a 10 foot or less height restriction, I'm driving on all public roads in my privately owned Transit.
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