DOT Enforcing New Rules For Truck Double-Parking In Manhattan

Mack Rosenberg
February 08, 2020 - 5:19 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New rules from the city’s Department of Transportation crack down on truck drivers who double-park in Manhattan.

It’s a common sight in the clogged streets of Midtown: delivery trucks with nowhere to park double-parking, often in bike lanes.

Now the DOT is expanding the zone where double-parking for trucks is not allowed. It will now include 1st Avenue through 12th Avenue from 14th Street to 60th Street between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The new rules were announced Friday and will take effect 30 days from then. Violators face a fine.

Under previous rules trucks were allowed to double-park “while expeditiously making pickups, deliveries or service calls,” according to StreetsBlog NYC. Now they can double-park “for no more than 20 minutes while actively engaged in loading or unloading goods, tools, materials, or other items for the purpose of making pickups, deliveries or service calls.”

Danny Harris, the executive director of Transportation Alternatives, said when truck drivers double-park it creates problems for everyone.

“Double-parking, triple parking, parking on sidewalks, parking on the bike lanes. It's unacceptable,” Harris said.

“We realize that cars need to exist in New York City and that packages need to move around, but the point is that none of them should be at the cost of street safety,” Harris said. “So we need to do what we can to make sure that the conditions in New York are safe for vulnerable users, for children, for the elderly, for those with limited abilities, and for cyclists.”