Following request by Goldfeder, Taxi and Limousine Commission teams with NYPD to put the brakes on stopping and standing along Nassau Expressway
In joint operation, 106th Precinct and TLC enforcement nab dozens of vehicles engaged in dangerous practice on busy Expressway
Ozone Park, Queens – Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D – Ozone Park) is praising a new joint operation by the NYPD and the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to combat the spate of vehicles stopping along a stretch of the Nassau Expressway. The move comes just a week after Assemblyman Goldfeder called on the taxi agency to step up enforcement of the dangerous practice.
“TLC Chair Joshi and her Enforcement Bureau deserve tremendous credit for their quick response to this dangerous problem,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “Their collaboration with our brave officers of the 106th Precinct is a huge step forward that will hopefully bring relief and increased safety to the whole community.”
On Wednesday, officers from the TLC’s Uniformed Services Bureau conducted a morning rush hour enforcement operation on the Nassau Expressway within the confines of the NYPD’s 106th Precinct. According to statistics obtained by Assemblyman Goldfeder’s office, one TLC Lieutenant and 2 TLC Officers encountered 24 cars stopped along the shoulder of the Expressway between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Of these, 9 were TLC-licensed vehicles and 15 were private vehicles.
The sting, dubbed “Operation Move Along,” was part of a joint policing effort between the TLC and the 106th Precinct. This came in response to a letter Assemblyman Goldfeder wrote late last month to TLC Chair Meera Joshi urging the agency to curb the dangerous practice. According to the Assemblyman’s letter, motorists had reported vehicles abruptly pulling into and out of traffic, a maneuver Goldfeder warned could lead to “serious injury.”
The practice had been the subject of multiple enforcement efforts in recent years by the 106th Precinct and NYPD Highway Patrol. However, as NYPD sources informed the Assemblyman’s office, stopping the practice proved difficult as the roadway’s proximity to JFK airport made it a prime location for for-hire vehicles to idle while waiting for fares to arrive at their terminal. Last week’s joint operation has local residents hopeful for more long-term relief.
“This successful operation is a credit to the hard work of 106th Precinct Commanding Officer Captain James Fey and his officers, and the TLC enforcement. The members of the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic applaud their efforts and look forward to safer commutes along the Nassau Expressway moving forward,” said Barbara McNamara, Vice President of the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic Association.
The Nassau Expressway, alternately known as Rt. 878, is a heavily-trafficked highway connecting southern Queens and western Nassau County. As Assemblyman Goldfeder has often noted, the roadway has also served as a primary evacuation route for Rockaway families during Superstorm Sandy and other emergencies. According to the state Department of Transportation, each day more than 49,000 vehicles on average travel the stretch of the Expressway targeted in Operation Move Along.
“Every day, thousands of families depend on the 878 to get to work or school. Our families deserve better than to see this road turn into a parking lot for a few reckless drivers, and I’m confident ‘Operation Move Along’ will help change this for the better,” concluded Goldfeder.
Ozone Park, Queens – Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder speaks with Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Chair Meera Joshi in the state capitol last week. Goldfeder is praising a new joint operation by the NYPD and TLC to combat the spate of vehicles stopping along a stretch of the Nassau Expressway.