VTL 509 (4) “Permitting Unlicensed Operation”

Written By: Benjamin Goldman, Esq.

VTL 509 (4) states that no person shall knowingly authorize or permit a motor vehicle owned by them, or in their charge, to be operated in violation of VTL 509 (1), VTL 509 (2) or VTL 509 (3). Simply put, if you are the holder of a license with specific endorsements or restrictions, it is a violation to allow someone else to drive your specific vehicle, or a vehicle that those restrictions or endorsements apply to. It is also a violation to let an unlicensed driver operate your vehicle.

This can be seen when drivers with interlock restrictions ask their friends to blow for them, or when truck drivers operate a vehicle without a current CDL. Permitting unlicensed operation carries a fine range from $75-$300 (plus surcharge), and a possible (but unlikley) term of imprisonment for up to 15 days. Most importantly, it can significantly impact your insurance rates. Recipients of this ticket can contact the Benjamin Goldman Law Office for a free consultation.

See also, a similar violation, VTL § 511-a(1) “Facilitating Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree”

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