Motor Vehicle Regulations
The Office of Safety and Security is responsible for enforcing College regulations for vehicles on campus. All vehicles utilizing campus parking facilities on a continual basis must be registered with the Office of Safety and Security. All students with a motor vehicle on campus must pay a vehicle registration fee for the academic year at the Office of Student Accounts.
To register a vehicle, present the following at Security:
- a valid driver’s license
- proof of registration
- current insurance from the state in which the vehicle is registered
Place the parking decal on the driver’s side rear window.
Authorization for handicapped parking privileges must be obtained from Health Services.
Vehicles not registered with the Office of Safety and Security may be towed off campus at the owner’s expense. Once a tow truck is dispatched, the vehicle’s operator is responsible for the tow charge whether or not the vehicle is towed.
Bard College students, faculty, staff, and visitors park at their own risk. While the Office of Safety and Security maintains patrols throughout the year, the College will not be held liable for vehicle damage incurred from vandalism, collisions, break-ins, or other destructive circumstances, including weather-related problems.
Annandale Road is a public highway, patrolled by local law enforcement that do enforce speed limits and other county and state traffic laws. The interior campus speed limit is 15 mph. The Annandale Road speed limit is 25 mph. Bard is a walking and biking campus. Speeding vehicles represent a clear and present danger to staff and students. Driving while impaired, reckless driving, or any action deemed unsafe by the Office of Safety and Security will not be tolerated. Violators will be disciplined and can result in automatic suspension of on-campus driving privileges. Likewise, pedestrians, cyclists and skateboarders need to respect Annandale Road as a public road and follow all county and state laws.
Special Note: Important NYS Traffic Laws:
- “Move Over Law” – This NYS traffic law requires vehicles to “move over" and give room to emergency vehicles who are stopped along roadways performing their designated tasks. Vehicles must slow to 25 mph or to half of the posted speed limit as they pass the emergency vehicles. Vehicles must move over to give distance between their vehicle and the stopped emergency vehicles, to avoid injury to the emergency responder(s)
- Emergency vehicle right of way – if you see red lights behind you, or approaching you from the other lane, you must slow and pull off the lane you are in until the vehicle safely passes. A police car, ambulance or fire truck, with lights and sirens on, must not be impeded by a car in their way, as they speed to an emergency.
- Red lights, Yellow lights, Blue lights- Police and fire use red flashing lights. Civilian emergency vehicles may use yellow, including Bard College Security Vehicles. Volunteer firemen use Blue lights as they race to their fire house. In all cases, please give them the right of way when driving.
- Stopped School Bus – School busses routinely travel local roadways, including Annandale Road, River Road, and route 9G. Any bus with yellow and red flashing lights, stopping along any roadway mandate that approaching vehicles MUST stop until the lights are off and the bus begins moving. This is a serious traffic circumstance, as youngsters run to their bus for school, or run from it as they return from school. Children have no thought that a car will run them down – they trust that the driver, whether late for class or not, will stop.
- Headlights activated when windshield wipers are on – car headlights do not get used up, or cost more gas usage when on – use them during darker days, during storms, or when raining. NYS law mandates lights being on if wipers are needed for rain.
- No Texting – NYS law does not permit texting while driving –cell phones may be used using Bluetooth or hands-free options. Distracted driving is the cause of much tragedy on roadways.
- Right on red – Unless otherwise noted by traffic signs, you may turn right on red lights in New York State.
- Window tint – State Vehicle and Traffic law section 375 restricts the amount of tint on windows. 70% light transmittance is required. Expect local law enforcement to issue tickets or warnings to drivers with darkened windows below 70%.
- Vehicle Inspection/Registration – All motor vehicles, including motorcycles, must be inspected and properly registered. It is a violation of law to drive any vehicle without current inspection, registration, and proof of insurance.