City Council passes bills to curb NYC’s online-delivery truck chaos

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City council members on Tuesday approved a slew of measures designed to ease traffic chaos caused by trucks delivering goods purchased online.

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One move is aimed at closing off dedicated curb space for the likes of Amazon and UPS.

The law requires the city’s Department of Transportation to establish loading-only parking spots and develop “micro-distribution centers” in each neighborhood. Distribution centers will handle the transfer of parcels from large trucks to smaller transport vehicles such as cargo e-bikes.


As per the law, DoT will have to set up five dedicated loading zones per year for a total of 500 over three years.

Council member Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn) said, “We have to recognize the dynamics of our roads and how things have changed, especially when it comes to how people get to their stuff – which is mostly through packages. Is.” sponsor

The city council voted to establish “micro-distribution centers” for trucks to unload goods in five boroughs.
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Councilor Antonio Reynoso
Councilman Antonio Reynoso says parking rules are necessary as more New Yorkers shop online.
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Two other pending bills would officially approve the DOT to use “pay-by-plate” parking technology and to clarify loading-zone rules – so that such areas can be designated as parking for drivers with city-issued parking placards. could not be used in

Pay-by-plate has been on the DOT’s agenda for nearly three years and is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s stalled effort to stop illegal misuse and abuse of the city’s parking permits.

United Parcel Service Inc.  (UPS) driver sorts boxes including an Amazon box on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 in New York, US.
The city council overhaul vote comes ahead of the shopping holiday season.
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Amazon Prime delivery van outside residential building in Queens, NYC.
The city council wants to implement parking placards for designated distribution companies.
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Hezoner’s plan was to switch the entire city to a new digital parking system by early 2021, which would automatically register cars as being parked legally or illegally. The program is yet to start.

Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks


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