New York mayor signs law following pedestrian deaths involving garbage trucks
More than 100,000 commercial businesses throughout New York City rely on garbage trucks to haul away the trash and keep our city clean. Garbage trucks, however, have become a nuisance on New York’s streets, particularly to pedestrians.
For decades, more than 90 different carters crossed paths every night around the city. The sanitation workers responsible for collecting the garbage run on an extremely tight schedule, causing many of them to operate at high speeds. Since 2010, New York has had 28 traffic fatalities involving garbage trucks, according to ABC7.
How a new law may protect pedestrians from erratic garbage truck drivers
In response to several pedestrian deaths involving garbage trucks, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed a law to regulate the number of commercial garbage trucks operating within the city. Two of those pedestrian deaths occurred within six months — both of which were caused by drivers who worked for Sanitation Salvage. The company is now out of business.
The law was also signed in conjunction with the city’s Vision Zero initiative of significantly slashing the number of traffic fatalities that occur in the city.
The new law will divide the city into 20 zones (based on geographical boundaries) and allow only three carters for each zone to be selected through a bidding process. City officials believe that this will significantly cut down on the amount of garbage truck traffic.
In addition, the law will require adequate training for garbage truck drivers and other sanitation workers. The law also calls for the establishment of a safety task force. The task force could recommend safety strategies for sanitation workers and the public.
“It’s a new day for safety on our streets, whether you’re on the truck or biking next to it. And it’s a new day for New York City,” said Mayor de Blasio.
What are your legal options?
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