York City Council's Transportation Committee has stalled two proposals
aimed at keeping truckers from driving through the city's neighborhoods.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the New Jersey Motor
Truck Association have criticized both proposals.
attitude of the City Council toward commercial trucks, they'll be lucky
to find toilet paper in their local stores,” Todd Spencer, OOIDA executive
vice president, said. “Like truckers need more reasons to avoid New York.”
president of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association, echoed Spencer's sentiments.
keep this up, nobody will deliver to New York,” she said. “New York doesn't
exist without trucks; all the food comes from the Jersey side of river.”
introduced to the council Jan. 8, would require truck owners to provide
drivers with truck-routing sheets and certified color-coded maps depicting
the legal through routes and local truck routes. New York City must certify
the maps as correct and up to date. The ordinance specifies “truck owners,” which
would make owner-operators responsible for their own maps.
providing the maps, owners could shell out $250 for each violation. If
the truck owner fails to provide the truck-routing sheet, it will cost
$150 for each violation.
probably sell the maps to us for $100 or something,” Toth responded. “New
York City only changes its maps every day; how can they be up to date?”
opposition from the trucking industry at the council's Transportation Committee
hearing, the panel had second thoughts and held the proposal aside for
they didn't realize what they were asking for,” Toth said. “They realized
they'd gone too far. They were not going after our guys that were delivering;
they were just pissed off at the (construction trucks).”
proposal, Resolution 407, calls upon the New York State Legislature to
pass A11305 and S7387, which would amend the vehicle and traffic law to
increase fines and impose drivers' license penalty points for violations
of truck route signs. The Legislature's Web site had no information regarding
A11305 or S7387.
accuses truckers of trying to "avoid highways and designated truck
routes" and "using residential streets in an attempt to avoid
delays on truck routes."
David Yassky of Brooklyn, the proposal's sponsor, said, "The drivers
don't fear enforcement now because so few fines get written and when they
do, the companies just pay them.”
to the council's resolution, this behavior by truckdrivers "plagues
neighborhoods with traffic and endangers their residents." The document
goes on to say its residents "face greater environmental risks from
the toxic air pollutants emitted from trucks."
407 also was held over by the committee. The full council still must approve
both proposals if they make it out of committee.
Tankersley, feature editor
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