City council members on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a series of measures designed to reduce traffic chaos caused by trucks delivering goods purchased online.
One of the moves aims to siphon off dedicated sidewalk space for Amazon and UPS.
The legislation requires the city’s transport ministry to set up reserved parking spaces for loading in each neighborhood and develop “micro-distribution centers”. Distribution centers would be used to transfer packages from large trucks to smaller transport vehicles such as electric freight bikes.
The DOT will have to install five dedicated loading zones per year for a total of 500 over three years, according to the legislation.
“We have to recognize the dynamics of our streets and the way things have changed, especially when it comes to the way people receive their goods – which is mostly done through parcels and so on,” said Councilor Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), sponsor him.
Two more pending bills would officially sanction the DOT to use ‘a la carte’ parking technology and clarify the rules of the loading zone – so that these zones cannot be used as parking for parking. drivers with city-issued parking plates.
Pay by the plaque has been on the DOT’s agenda for nearly three years and is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s stalled efforts to tackle illegal abuse and misuse of the city’s parking permits.
Hizzoner’s plan was to switch the entire city over by early 2021 to the new digital parking system, which will automatically register cars as parked legally or illegally. The program has not yet been launched.
Additional reports from Nolan Hicks