Upper West Side residents have had enough of the pollution and noise caused by delivery trucks, and Councilwoman Gale Brewer says she has a plan to stop it. Brewer, representative of the Upper West Side, proposes making the trucks much cleaner and quieter by requiring them to plug into the city’s grid to power their refrigeration units when making deliveries instead of relying on their noisy diesel generators. Residents couldn’t agree more.
Brewer has received tons of complaints recently, especially in regards to the Fresh Direct Trucks, which pass frequently through the Upper West Side. “Many people mistakenly believe the noise and fumes come from idling truck engines, but it’s actually the diesel generator on the refrigeration unit that makes the racket and pumps out carbon monoxide,” Brewer told DNAinfo. She believes that by powering them with electricity, it would benefit the environment, reduce noise, and generate the city some much needed revenue.
“I don’t like these trucks on the street, but if they need to be here, they need to be quiet and they need to be clean, and they should generate revenue,” Brewer said. Fresh Direct has also gotten into trouble with other NY politicians. Last year, Andrew Cuomo launched an investigation regarding illegal idling by the Fresh Direct trucks, which not only caused major noise and environmental pollution, but also raised public health concerns. Most companies that use refrigerator trucks however, are willing to compromise.
“If there was a city program that would enable us to access power while we park our trucks, that would be a win for the city, for FreshDirect and for the community,” said FreshDirect CEO Jason Ackerman in an emailed statement to DNAinfo. The good thing about this is that many of the Fresh Direct trucks already have the capability to plug into electrical outlets rather then use their generators.
Slowly but surely, other truck companies will most likely join the proposal. Some have already done something similar. The proposed plan is mutually beneficial for both the city and the businesses who operate the trucks. The city and it’s residents are able to have reduced noise and air pollution, while the trucks save on the diesel fuel by using electrical power.