Thursday, October 11, 2012
NY Senator wants to seize trucks that leave truck routes
According to Fleet Owner, State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside has introduced a bill that would allow law enforcement to seize and begin forfeiture proceedings on trucks that are repeatedly convicted of leaving truck routes in favor of residential streets. Trucks would have to be over 10,000 lbs and have three convictions within 18 months.
“One of the most frequent quality of life complaints my office receives is illegal truck traffic,” Avella said. “The incidence of illegal truck traffic has increased dramatically throughout my district and beyond. All too often, these huge trucks and tractor-trailers drive through quiet residential streets with little or no regard for residents, creating traffic congestion, noise, pollution and vibrations that shake the foundation of homes.”
"Despite previous legislative efforts that have increased the penalties issued to truck drivers for truck route violations, many trucking companies and drivers disregard these fines as merely the cost of doing business,” Avella said. “Therefore, the only other option is to seize the vehicles of perpetual violators of the truck traffic regulations.”
What do you think of Avella's bill- is illegal truck traffic serious enough to warrant the vehicles being seized?