Although a report on revamping truck traffic in New York City is more than two years late, officials say that’s the least of the city
department of transportation’s problems.
On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the New York City Council’s Transportation
Committee met with the New York Department of Transportation, asking for
answers on the progress of a $1.3 million study that was supposed to provide
solutions to truck traffic problems.
However, Iris Weinshall, NYDOT transportation commissioner,
was only able to present the committee with a 14-page summary on the study.
Specifically, the department suggested incentives that could be given to keep
heavy-duty truck traffic off major routes during peak hours, The New York
Additional strategies included uniform designs for truck
sign, laminated maps of truck routes for police officers and more clearly
labeled truck routes, according to The Times.
But members of the transportation committee said the report
was eclipsed by bigger problems, such as out-of-control traffic, a lack of
truck citations, and officers who were not trained to handle commercial vehicle
laws and regulations.
“If we have a lack of agents out in the streets, how are we
ever going to have adequate enforcement?” Councilwoman Diana Reyna, D-Brooklyn,
asked the committee.