Truckers, residents in South Carolina town clash over truck parking

| 8/14/2002

North Charleston, SC, truckers squared off at the podium against upset neighbors Aug. 8 during a city council meeting The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported. The two sides clashed over the city's efforts to ban truckers from parking their rigs at home.

The heated issue surrounds the city's efforts to ban from residential areas any truck that weighs more than 5 tons, has more than two axles or stands more than 8 feet tall. The meeting reportedly drew more than three dozen truckers and area residents.

Truckers who spoke at the meeting talked of being burdened with having to pay for parking as well as taking the risk of having unattended trucks burglarized. Other residents countered that the big rigs are a nuisance, particularly when truckers drive through quiet neighborhoods or start their engines early in the morning.

One upset resident went as far as to refer to trucks as an eye sore for neighborhoods. "These trucks are fairly big and often times painted shocking colors."

Only one council member spoke in favor of the truckers. "Without you, we don't exist. You bring the things we need."

Council members who will debate the issue Aug. 14 are expected to vote on the controversial topic during the Aug. 22 council meeting.

The debate comes as a number of other Lowcountry communities have taken up the issue. Berkeley and Dorchester counties and the town of Summerville have adopted similar laws.