Illegally parked tractor-trailers blocking parts of road in the Bronx
Residents in Wakefield and other parts of the Bronx say that 18-wheelers are illegally parked on their neighborhood streets--sometimes for days at a time.
The community surrounding Nereid Avenue says that tractor-trailers are parked in driving lanes, despite “no parking” signs.
Cars are often seen swerving to avoid the parked trucks.
News 12’s Noelle Lilley spoke with one truck driver who was parking his vehicle in the area. He says the problem is there is nowhere else for truckers to park their vehicle when grabbing something to eat or getting some rest after a long drive.
District Manager George Torres says he and other local leaders have tried for years to get the city to build a rest stop in the Bronx.
"We have bus depots that are not necessarily being utilized fully that might be able to accommodate these trucks,” says Torres.
According to the Department of Transportation’s website, the nearest rest stop is at least an hour north of the area.
The NYPD says that the 47th Precinct recently conducted overnight parking operations to issue summons to drivers who ditch their vehicles.
Torres adds that the city needs to find a solution that both frees up the streets for residents and gives trucks a safe place to rest.
News 12 reached out to the Department of Transportation to find out what the agency is doing to help and if there is a possibility of a rest stop coming to the borough but have not received an answer yet.