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 sidewalk space dedicated to Amazon and UPS.
The legislation obliges the city’s transport ministry to institute parking spaces reserved for loading in each district and to develop “micro-distribution centers”. Distribution centers would be used to transfer packages from large trucks to smaller mass transit 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 need to recognize the dynamics of our streets and how things have changed, especially with regard to the way people receive their goods – which is mostly done through parcels and so on,” the member said. of Council Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), to 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 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