The Trucking Association of New York (TANY) recently responded to New York City’s crackdown on illegally parked commercial vehicles in residential areas.
Starting on August 15, the New York Police Department (NYPD), at the request of Mayor Eric Adams, conducted operation “Heavy Duty Enforcement,” an overnight enforcement action against illegally parked commercial vehicles in neighborhoods of southern Queens.
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
The operation was conducted following complaints from Queens residents.
In a four day period, the NYPD issued 597 summonses, attached 89-wheel clamps, and towed 55 illegally parked vehicles to a temporary storage facility, according to a news release from Adams.
In response to the “Heavy Duty Enforcement” parking crackdown, TANY issued a formal statement, pointing out that the real problem isn’t lawbreaking truck drivers so much as a severe lack of adequate truck parking.
See TANY’s statement below.
While we in no way condone parking on residential streets where it is illegal to do so, we feel it is imperative to understand we cannot ticket out of this problem. Heavy enforcement alone has not worked in the past and will not work now absent available commercial vehicle parking. The reality is that drivers, many of them our neighbors, family, and friends, simply have nowhere to park. This is not their personal vehicle, but the vehicle that embodies their livelihood and provides for their family.
That is why the city must address the underlying issue of inadequate truck parking in all five boroughs. The industry is taking steps, but we cannot do this alone, we need our partners in government to dedicate the time and resources to resolve this problem. The industry must be part of this process and we are eager to work with the administration to finally find meaningful, long-term solutions that benefit all New Yorkers, drivers included.
Section 4-08 (k) (6) of the New York City parking rules forbids parking large commercial vehicles on residential streets overnight between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM, seven days a week.