may find themselves banned on more streets in New York City and
may face additional enforcement efforts to keep them on truck
routes in the wake of a New York City Department of Transportation
study that is now under way.
New York City DOT announced recently that it was studying the
existing truck route network in all five of the city’s boroughs
with a goal of making sure trucks stay on designated routes and
do not improperly use residential streets.
12 The Bronx said the study would also determine whether additional
streets in the city should be off-limits to tractor-trailers.
department has conducted a series of public meetings through July
with members of the public, and indicated in a statement that
local businesses would also be consulted regarding how the truck
routes affect their operations.
statement announcing the community meetings included questions
such as “Are you concerned about truck traffic in your community?”
and “Do you think trucks are inappropriately utilizing your community
current effort to review the truck routes really started five
years ago, according to Keith Kalb, a public information officer
with the New York City DOT.
that time, the city’s effort to look at truck routes generated
considerable criticism from members of the public and elected
officials. The controversy was further inflamed after a young
girl was run over by a truck in the Hunts Point area.
city recently restarted the process, this time with an eye toward
greater public involvement.
study was done in response to elected officials and community
groups showing interest in truck issues and congestion in the
city,” Kalb said. “Clearly, this is a major quality of life issue
for many New Yorkers.
department realizes the importance of trucking in the city and
the dependence upon it to move the goods in and out of the city,”
he added. “Hopefully we can benefit all parties involved.”
said the DOT had met with a number of groups from the trucking
industry. However, the list of trucking entities contacted by
the department primarily included groups that represent the carrier
side of the industry.
contact with trucking interests is planned, Kalb told Land Line,
including a survey and possibly focus groups. A statement from
the city’s transportation department said the project’s later
stages would include “enhanced outreach to the trucking industry.”
Better signage and improved truck route enforcement were also
listed as possible outcomes.
Kalb stressed that more input would be sought.
have to remember that this is a year long study and everything
is not, and cannot be done at the same time,” he said. “Yes, there
will be truck and business outreach, and actually these groups
can help us spread the word.”
New York City study isn’t the only effort in the state to crack
down on truck routes.
state’s Assembly and Senate have approved a bill – sponsored by
a New York City legislator – that would increase penalties for
truckers who violate designated truck routes in cities with a
population of one million or more.
A1433, sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, D-Brooklyn, the
minimum fine would be raised to $200 while the maximum for repeat
offenders would be $2,000. Additionally, violators could face
bill was delivered to the governor ’s desk July 17.
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor
Reddig can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.