2013-09-20 / Letters

Curious Schedule?

Dear Editor:

The street cleaning regulations on Beach 116th Street require "No Parking" on the curb sides from 7:30 - 8 a.m., and on the island sides from 8 - 8:30 a.m.. Why then do the streetsweepers routinely do their work as early as 6 or 6:30 a.m. on most days?

This requires them to navigate around legally parked cars -- thereby missing those portions of the street that need cleaning. This also necessitates law-abiding drivers who dutifully move their cars away during the stated hours to vacate an area that's not going to be cleaned anyway.

This doesn't seem to impact the ticket writers, who swoop in at 7:31 a.m. ... or 8:01 a.m. to slap summonses on the cars whose drivers miss what has thus become an unnecessary deadline for street cleaning.

Are the drivers attempting to shorten their work day by finishing early? Or is there some valid reason the Sanitation Department might care to explain?

Inquiring minds want to know.

ROBERT JOSHUA

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