There’s no such thing as free parking for commercial trucks on the streets of the 102nd Precinct.
The Richmond Hill-based command towed away four trucks, booted nine others and issued 29 total summonses to the owners of illegally parked rigs around Kew Gardens, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven during an overnight sweep on Nov. 15-16, police reported.
According to law enforcement sources, this was the latest in a series of “heavy tow” operations that the 102nd Precinct has conducted this year. During these sweeps, the NYPD uses a special large tow truck made available on a periodic basis which can move large tractor-trailers found.
Trucks and commercial vans are forbidden from parking on New York City streets between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. It’s a chronic problem in the 102nd Precinct that residents often raise to police officials attending the meetings of local civic groups and the 102nd Precinct Community Council.
Police said the four towed rigs were removed from three specific spots: the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard on the Woodhaven/Ozone Park border; a portion of Atlantic Avenue between 125th and 127th streets in Richmond Hill; and along Austin Street in Kew Gardens.
Recently we conducted a heavy-duty tow operation, 12 commercial trucks were booted or towed for illegal parking. pic.twitter.com/ILwJbT78b9
— NYPD 102nd Precinct (@NYPD102Pct) November 16, 2016
The operators of the impounded and booted vehicles face some hefty penalties. According to the Department of Finance, owners of towed vehicles are charged a $135 towing fee and a $67.50 dispatch fee.
Owners of booted vehicles must pay $159 to have the immobilization device removed, plus another $80 execution fee. The boot must be removed and returned to the city within 24 hours, or the owner will be charged an additional $25 fee for every day the boot stays on the vehicle.
These fees are on top of the fines issued for the illegally parked commercial vehicles, which is $265 for the first offense and $515 for every offense thereafter, according to the Finance Department.