ANOTHER DAMN REASON TO KEEP PRIVATE WASTE TRUCKS & OTHER LARGE TRUCKS OFF RESIDENTIAL STREETS

This fucking city cracks me up with all the wasted money and time on idiotic studies of shit we already know. In The Daily News article below:

A new report has found that truck drivers are laboring on city streets with bald tires, faulty brakes and broken lights, and that nearly all safety violations against New York’s largest private sanitation companies involve basic maintenance issues. The two-year study that ended in February found that nearly half of all private sanitation trucks from the city’s top 20 trash haulers, on average, had to be taken out of service with maintenance problems, according to the report, which used federal inspection data.

REALLY, you needed a fucking two year study.

Councilman I. Daneek Miller, whose district (and mine) are three communities in the entire city that has the most waste transfer stations that haul the majority of ALL of NYC’s garbage (needless to say that all three communities are communities of color), had this in his weekly email newsletter, that actually was something of real importance to the community as opposed to once again another elected official turning the Orlando Massacre into a Muslim thing and bending over so fucking backwards to please the Muslim community (which by the way only about 3 million Muslims are in the USA, not a large group by far.)

I joined Transform Don’t Trash NYC, Transportation Alternatives, and the Teamsters Joint Council 813 as
they announced the results of a two-year study highlighting the unsafe and unhealthy conditions caused by waste transfer trucks.  These conditions are extremely dangerous for the workers in this industry, as well as for the residents affected by truck traffic.

For too long, communities of color have been suffering from unhealthy conditions because waste companies have not taken care of their trucks, and this report shows exactly why we need to overhaul the system. This is an ongoing effort by my office and other elected officials to change the system and create waste equity throughout the City and we will continue to advocate for these reforms.

FOR TOO LONG communities of color have been suffering from unhealthy conditions because of waste companies, yada, yada, yada,………ongoing effort by my office and other elected officials, yada, yada, yada.  Well, speaking of other elected officials, where was Miller’s predecessor, Leroy Comrie, on this issue, I mean he was in office for 12 years and how about Comrie’s predecessor, Archie Spigner, who was also in office for 12 years, while Royal Waste was dumped here under their watch. These clowns can’t keep damn large trucks off residential street, now they are going to change the waste system.

I commend Miller, but will he follow through, will anything really change and how long will that take.

Royal Waste, a polluting business in our community that is not following proper protocol about using truck routes instead of residential streets and leaders NOT doing a damn thing about it.

Royal Waste, a polluting business in our community that is not following proper protocol about using truck routes instead of residential streets and leaders NOT doing a damn thing about it.

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The Daily News:

Nearly half of NYC private garbage trucks have maintenance issues; drivers say they’re ‘unsafe for everyone’

Private Waste trucksPrivate companies’ garbage trucks have been cited as hitting the streets with bald tires, faulty brakes and broken lights.

(Mike Clarke/kozmoat98/iStock/Getty)

Trash hauling is a dirty business — and a dangerous one for crews working for private companies.

A new report has found that truck drivers are laboring on city streets with bald tires, faulty brakes and broken lights, and that nearly all safety violations against New York’s largest private sanitation companies involve basic maintenance issues.

The two groups behind the report released Thursday — Transportation Alternatives and Transform Don’t Trash NYC — back a City Council bill that would transform how business is done.

The bill proposes giving the private companies exclusive rights to pick up trash in designated zones. Proponents say this will make city oversight simpler.

Truck drivers gathered at City Hall Thursday shared unnerving tales of the road.

“I’ve had trucks in rainstorms with no windshield wipers, so you can’t see,” said Carl Orlando, 24, a former driver with training in diesel mechanics. “Nighttime, no headlights, no brake lights no flashing lights, no horn.”

Orlando said he crashed his truck into a telephone pole when his brake lines froze last winter.

The two-year study that ended in February found that nearly half of all private sanitation trucks from the city’s top 20 trash haulers, on average, had to be taken out of service with maintenance problems, according to the report, which used federal inspection data.

 

Royal Waste

I changed The Daily News photo since it was a photo of a homeless man with bags of plastic bottles, which had not a damn thing to do with private waste trucks.

A City Council bill would give private companies exclusive rights to pick up trash in designated zones.

(Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

“When a worker complains about brakes that don’t work or wheels that are missing lugnuts, it doesn’t get fixed,” said Sean Campbell, president of Teamsters Local 813. “The companies are sending workers out on trucks that are unsafe for everyone.”

The report found that companies, such as Crown Container, had a vehicle out-of-service rate as high as 86% over the two-year period.

Crown Container’s president, Gerald Antonacci, disputed that, saying his trucks are regularly inspected and that he is upgrading his fleet.

“Some of them are minor, minor things,” he said of the violations. “And none of them have resulted in any types of crashes, any harm to anybody.”

“I would put our fleet up against anybody’s fleet,” he added.

Kendall Christiansen, manager of the National Waste & Recycling Association’s New York chapter, disputed the report’s criticism of the industry’s safety record.

“While waste collection trucks are complex pieces of equipment, no company benefits from trucks that can’t perform properly, or create safety hazards,” Christiansen said in a statement.

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From Councilman I. Daneek Miller’s Email Newsletter:

Making Sure Waste Transfer Trucks Are Safe

I joined Transform Don’t Trash NYC, Transportation Alternatives, and the Teamsters Joint Council 813 as
they announced the results of a two-year study highlighting the unsafe and unhealthy conditions caused by waste transfer trucks.  These conditions are extremely dangerous for the workers in this industry, as well as for the residents affected by truck traffic.

Truck Safety Press Conference

Truck Safety Press Conference

For too long, communities of color have been suffering from unhealthy conditions because waste companies have not taken care of their trucks, and this report shows exactly why we need to overhaul the system. This is an ongoing effort by my office and other elected officials to change the system and create waste equity throughout the City and we will continue to advocate for these reforms.

 

 

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