Officials call Peekskill truck permit ordinance highway robbery

The city of Peekskill has an ordinance requiring trucks to have permits in order to use city streets.

Each day, scores of garbage trucks head down Louisa Street in Peekskill to go to the Resco recycling plant. The facility is privately owned but operates under a contract with Westchester County.

The problem is that signs near the plant warn of a city ordinance regarding trucks. Any truck driver that does not have a permit to use city streets is fined $250 dollars. Officials in Yorktown and other area communities say the fine is highway robbery.

Peekskill Mayor John Testa contends that the fine is fair compensation for what the trucks do to the city's streets.

Several communities went to court against Peekskill and so far a preliminary injunction has been granted so that trucks will not be fined. As of now, there is no word on when a final ruling can be expected.

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