NEW YORK — The Big Apple is cracking down on big rigs that are parking illegally on residential roads.
From Aug. 15-19, the 103rd, 105th and 113th precincts ran Operation “Heavy Duty Enforcement.”
During that time span, the New York Police Department issued 597 summonses, attached 89 wheel clamps and towed 55 illegally parked vehicles in the first five days.
New York City parking law forbids large commercial vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, from parking on residential streets from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
There are no open rest stops in one borough, Queens, and drivers mandated to take breaks between shifts often have paid lots as their only legal option.
Bills have been introduced in state and local government to increase the fines for illegal overnight parking, but none have yet become law.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams took to Twitter to address the issue while posing for a photo-op next to an illegally parked rig that was about to be towed away.
“For far too long, large commercial vehicles have been parking illegally in this neighborhood in Queens and across the city,” the mayor tweeted. “Operation “Heavy Duty Enforcement” began last Monday. If you park commercial vehicles illegally, you will get ticketed, towed, or given the boot.”
For far too long, large commercial vehicles have been parking illegally in this neighborhood in Queens and across the city.
Operation “Heavy Duty Enforcement” began last Monday.
If you park commercial vehicles illegally, you will get ticketed, towed, or given the boot. pic.twitter.com/Ag0WgHOxAZ
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) August 23, 2022
New York City Councilmember Sandra Ung said the truck parking issues is a problem in the neighborhoods she represents.
She said that tractor-trailers often park on the Horace Harding Expressway for long periods of time.
“My office has received multiple complaints regarding these large trucks and 18 wheelers, including idling trucks, which can increase air pollution and affect the health of residents, especially children and older adults,” she told the Queens Eagle. “While I appreciate that these drivers have long routes and are mandated by federal law to take breaks, we can’t allow our residential streets to be turned into illegal parking lots.”
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All trucks should boycott New York City for at least six months, if not things will just get worse!
Does NYC have a truck stop , yeah, I’m asking if the whole of NYC has one truck stop???
I wish just one time truck drivers would stop going into nyc and starve everyone of those ass whole’s. They’ll have to beg truck drivers to come back. Better yet I wish the whole nyc wash out to sea.
I only had one load to Queens, New York in 1996. I was given a load of wash machines headed to a foreign country. The place that I was to deliver to was on a city street. The people only spoke a foreign language, so communicating was impossible. They didn’t want me until 09:00AM. Rush hour? Screw that idea. I went and parked at 02:00AM. But finding the place was horrible. I had no cell phone, there was no GPS, and all I had was a street map in a Rand McNally atlas. I ended up parking right in front of the building and it had a 3″x5″ card on a door showing the address. Even at that time of the morning people were jumping fences, acting more like rat’s than humans. I slept little that night. At 9:00AM the crew came out and began unloading the truck. I called my company and told my dispatcher that I was leaving the city. “We have a load in the Bronx for you to pick up!” “Not me, not ever!” I have never went back. They can wipe their butts with their thumb and eat sewer rats. I could care less.
you are 100% right been in trucking 50 plus yrs been their done that after a fer times i also refused to go back
And for far to long things have been delivered to New York I wouldn’t take a load there for nothing in this world