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NYC Council Enacts Legislation to Curb Traffic Caused by Delivery Trucks Carrying Online Purchases

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New York City has endured a number of problems since the emergence of the Covid pandemic but one that has been a real thorn in the side of city residents is the seemingly intractable problem of dense traffic and the chaos that that causes.

Observers have noted that the increase in snarling traffic over the last 20 months has been the addition of a seemingly infinite amount of trucks and vans who are delivering packages to those who are ordering products online. Because of the pandemic, web sites such as Amazon and many others have essentially exploded with business as people were reluctant to leave their homes to shop for items. Others had no choice but to make online purchases as all commerce in New York City and other major cities were totally shuttered.

The Post reported that on Tuesday, members of the New York City council overwhelmingly approved a number of measures that were crafted to reduce the level of vehicular traffic caused by trucks and vans delivering online goods, as was reported by the NY Post.

Since Amazon and UPS trucks and vans seem to be the major culprits in clogging up the streets of the city, one of the aims of the measures is to grant dedicated curb space to these trucks and others of their ilk.

The Post reported that the legislation would require that the Department of Transportation institute loading-only parking spots in each neighborhood and develop “micro-distribution centers.” These distribution centers would then transfer parcels from large trucks to smaller transit vehicles such as cargo e-bikes, as was reported by the Post.

Moreover, the city council legislation would also require that over the next three years, the DOT would be required to install five dedicated loading zones for a grand total of 500, as was reported by the Post.

Sponsoring the bill was Brooklyn borough president-elect, city council member Antonio Reynoso. The Post reported that he said: “We have to recognize the dynamics of our streets and how things have changed, especially when it comes to how people receive their goods, which is mostly through packages and so forth.”

There are two other pending bills that would officially sanction the DOT to use “pay-by-plate” parking tech and would clarify loading-zone rules so that such areas cannot be used as parking for drivers with city-issued parking placards, according to the Post report.

As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to curb the illegal abuse and misuse of city parking permits, the DOT has placed on its agenda the pay-by-plate for nearly three years.

DeBlasio had originally planned by the beginning of 2021 to switch the entire city over to the new digital parking system, which will automatically register cars as legally or illegally parked, but the program has not launched as of yet.

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