For the past year, one of the most brought-up topics at the 102nd Precinct Community Council meetings has been the issue of trucks illegally parking on neighborhood streets overnight.
Residents who live on or near often desolate parts of Kew Gardens Road, Park Lane South, Woodhaven Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue have complained about the trucks, often as big as 18-wheelers — which are actually banned in most of New York City — parking on empty stretches overnight.
In lieu of truck stops, drivers will often park their trucks and sleep in order to make an early delivery in the city. But many don’t know they’re breaking the law.
Captain Hank Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, said his officers went after trucks illegally parked overnight on Atlantic Avenue last month, towing four tractor-trailers in one operation in late May.
Sautner said more than 200 summonses have been issued for overnight parking in the 102nd Precinct between May 25 and June 18 on Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica and Atlantic avenues.
“We’re trying to identify these truck drivers,” he said at last month’s community council meeting. “If we find them in person, we’ll let them know that they can’t take up these spots.”
Last week, three trucks were parked on Friday night along Woodhaven Boulevard southbound between 103rd Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard, which is in the 106th Precinct’s command. The trucks parked on Woodhaven Boulevard last Friday were gone the next morning.
Frank Dardani, president of the 106th Precinct Community Council, said there have not been any complaints about trucks parked along Woodhaven Boulevard, but there have been issues elsewhere.
“We’ve had some complaints in South Ozone Park,” Dardani said.
According to an NYPD source, those complaints stem from an ongoing issue with trucks parked overnight on the Van Wyck Expressway service road and North and South Conduit avenues near JFK Airport.