NYC bill proposes constant monitoring of trash trucks

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Updated Jan 5, 2017

A politician in New York City tired of getting stuck behind garbage trucks in traffic has introduced a bill that proposes tracking the trucks by GPS so that drivers can avoid them on the road.

If Brooklyn City Councilman David Greenfield’s proposed legislation becomes law, New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) would have to release real-time GPS coordinates of its trucks which would then be made available to navigation and traffic apps.

“It’s very frustrating, obviously, for any parent who drives their kid to school in the morning, but it’s also frustrating for the (garbage truck) drivers having people honk at them,” Greenfield told

GPS tracking data for DSNY’s trucks is made available when the trucks serve as snowplows. Greenfield’s law would require that the tracking data be made available each day.