Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out his congestion mitigation plan Monday March 19, 2018 in parts of Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn and Roosevelt Ave in Queens. The plan will hit Midtown Manhattan on April 2. The six-month pilot will restrict delivery hours, banning deliveries from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also, deliveries will be forced to take place on one side of the street.
A few hours before the ban went into effect we heard from a company that delivers into the affected zone who was shocked that the city would try this and angry that they had only heard about it the weekend before implementation. The company was also concerned about increased enforcement, particularly enforcement that falls on them when the customer is unable to change the delivery time.
Since it is the receiver NOT the truck that sets the delivery schedule and customers are still going to demand goods and services when they need them. Trucks and their customers must work together to change deliveries to fit the Mayor’s schedule if possible and document why that is or isn’t an option.
Keep an eye out for increased enforcement. Make sure you know about any tickets and carefully document all deliveries.
Affected companies should reach out to the Mayor’s office as well as the City Council Members (Keith Powers in Manhattan, Laurie Cumbo, Steve Levin, and Brad Lander in Brooklyn, and Francisco Moya, and Danny Dromm in Queens) in whose district these bans fall.
Please let us and/or the Trucking Association of New York (TANY) know of any issues this ban is causing your business from tickets, to problems with customers accepting early or late deliveries, or companies that can’t or won’t comply. The industry is reaching out to City Hall about the Mayor’s ill-conceived plan, any information you or your customers can give will be helpful.
More information on the areas of the city impacted as well as full details on the Clear Curbs and Clear Lanes initiatives is available below.
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