These vehicles are a common sight for residents of South and Southeastern Queens.
By Michael V. Cusenza
City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) has introduced legislation aimed at cracking down on one of the most pervasive problems in many Queens neighborhoods: illegally parked commercial trucks.
The Commercial Truck Abuse Act features two measures. Introduction 1011 would reduce time during which a tractor-trailer combination, tractor, truck trailer or semi-trailer can be parked to 90 minutes from 3 hours; Intro. 1010 would increase the penalty for such a violation to $400 from $250, and to $800 from $500 for subsequent violations within a six-month period.
Councilwoman Adrienne Adams (D-Jamaica) praised Miller for addressing an issue that affects many constituents.
“Parking is difficult enough for residents without all of the commercial vehicles that park overnight and occupy numerous parking spaces that residents who live in our communities desperately need and deserve,” Adams added. “These vehicles generate safety issues by blocking drivers’ views, as well as creating noise when left idling. We need to pass this meaningful legislation to strengthen enforcement efforts, ensure that residents have a better quality of life and safety issues are reduced.”
With help from readers, The Forum in recent weeks has documented concerns raised by South Ozone Park residents regarding trucks and trailers parked near busy intersections along both North and South Conduit avenues.