Big apple may take a bite out of truckers

| Wednesday, April 09, 2003

According to the New York Times, the New York City Council's Transportation Committee is considering two proposals that would divert trucks away from neighborhood streets.

One bill would require truck companies to supply drivers with color-coded maps of existing truck routes around the city along with manifests that would detail the starting point and destination of every trip. Companies would be fined $250 for each trucker found without a map and manifest.

Under another plan, drivers who don't stay on the recommended route would have points assessed against their licenses. That measure, unlike the bill aimed at trucking companies, would require state approval before becoming law.

City Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall told the committee: “This is not a little secret that's been kept from either truck owners or truckdrivers. Many of them, if not all of them, know what the routes are. They just assume they can go on whatever street they want to.”

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