Sanitation Vehicle Property Damage Claims

Department of Sanitation: Sanitation is one of many agencies with a considerable fleet of city vehicles that lead to claims costs against taxpayers. Moreover, claims costs represent only part of the cost of motor vehicle accidents to the City. Collateral expenses include Workers’ Compensation (for non-uniformed employees), sick leave for injured employees, settlements with workers who are injured in accidents, and the cost of repair or replacement of the vehicle. To that end, the City should consider a series of steps designed to reduce vehicle-based property damage and personal injury claims. This includes identifying areas where large numbers of accidents occur to determine if roadway conditions can make our streets safer for all. Our report finds that vehicle accidents involving sanitation trucks are most common on Staten Island, with additional areas of concern include East Queens and Borough Park.