The NYPD will start hitting heavy trucks traveling the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway with hefty $7,000 fines, as Mayor de Blasio said he doesn’t support removing lanes from the major but crumbling city artery.
“I just signed an executive order this morning to immediately initiate enforcement actions by the NYPD related to oversize trucks on the BQE,” de Blasio said Friday on WNYC radio. The crackdown starts Monday.
“There are a number of trucks that are on the BQE that are causing serious problems with the weight that in many cases are trying to mask themselves as lighter trucks,” de Blasio said.
The highway has a 40-ton federal weight limit as heavier trucks increase the deterioration of the roadway that was built in the 1940s. Heavy trucks hitting potholes and divots on the roadway also cause buildings to rattle in surrounding neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn.
De Blasio also disagreed with a new proposal from the transportation panel he appointed to reduce the size of the BQE from its current six lanes down to four lanes.
“The problem I have with that is one, it’s not a guarantee that people get out of cars. It is a guarantee of traffic jams and other problems,” the mayor said.
Some experts have said that adding, not reducing, lanes actually fuels congestion.
De Blasio’s Transportation Department has to approve the panel’s recommendations.