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Mayor Eric Adams, NYPD, amid crackdown on illegal commercial vehicle parking in Queens

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NEW YORK — A new effort is underway to curb truckers who take advantage of parking in city neighborhoods.

Trucks left parked overnight have been a problem for years, and city officials say the situation is only getting worse, CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported Monday.

Trucks are not allowed to park on residential streets between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., yet they do so night after night. It’s a problem that’s plagued southeast Queens for years, and city officials say it’s only gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. It now affects neighborhoods from Staten Island to the Bronx.

Mayor Eric Adams puts his foot down, or should we say his boot, on the 18-wheelers that use city streets as their own personal parking lots.

“That kind of parking doesn’t happen in affluent areas. This is a residential community. They deserve the same level of quality of life that we provide to other parts of the city,” Adams said.

The mayor joined the NYPD Monday night in Springfield Gardens to tout their nightly crackdown on commercial vehicles in residential neighborhoods.

Since launching Operation Heavy Duty Enforcement on August 15, the NYPD has issued nearly 600 summonses, started 89 wheels and towed 55 trucks.

“It’s disrespectful to our neighbours. It’s dangerous and, honestly, it’s downright stupid,” Queens Borough chairman Donovan Richards said.

For years, CBS2 covered this issue in Queens — local residents complain about 18-wheelers illegally parking in their neighborhood night after night, taking up space and causing blind spots for drivers.

City officials say the situation has worsened during COVID, with the boom in e-commerce.

“We recognize that there is a capacity issue with vehicle parking. We recognize economic situations where more people are in the trucking industry, so our holistic solution is to make sure we find capacity for trucks to park, we let truckers know where they can park, and we get trucks out of open spaces,” said community activist Bill Perkins.

The mayor says there are parking lots around town that can accommodate large trucks and he plans to work with businesses to find safe and legal locations for the trucks.