Truckers in Montgomery County, MD, have chance to speak out on parking

| 6/25/2008

Truckers who live in Montgomery County, MD, may want to make plans to attend a public meeting in July to voice their opinions regarding a bill that seeks to regulate where drivers can park their rigs.

Montgomery County Council President Michael J. Knapp introduced a bill – 27-08 – to the Council on June 23. It would prohibit the parking of commercial vehicles, buses and recreational vehicles on public roadways in the county if either side of the street abuts a block containing a private residence, apartment, church, school, hospital or playground.

Carmen Berrious, Knapp’s legislative aide who worked on the bill, said they are trying to come up with a solution to address truck parking complaints in the county. She encourages truckers to voice their opinions via e-mail, regular mail, or in person at the meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on July 22 at the Stella B. Werner Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD. Written comments will be considered part of the public testimony on the issue, Berrious said.

“The problem we have here is that some people (who live two or three counties away) are parking their vehicles on (our) public roadways,” she told Land Line on Friday, June 20. “While we are trying to find a balance and offer options for truckers to park their vehicles, we also have to listen to those that are complaining that parking these rigs on public roadways are a public safety issue as well.”

Berrious said officials are looking at an underused state-owned commuter parking lot, at Interstate 270 and Clopper Road, as one possible solution for truckers to park their rigs.

She said she understands some truckers might be hesitant to park their vehicles in a lot that’s not gated or doesn’t have security measures in place, and emphasized that the commuter lot is just one option that has been looked at so far.

“We are encouraging anyone who has any suggestions or comments on this bill to speak up and let us know,” Berrious said.

To voice your concerns regarding the proposed bill, send written comments to the bill’s sponsor:

            Michael Knapp
            100 Maryland Ave, 6th Floor
            Rockville, MD 20850
            (240) 777-7955

Send e-mail comments to:

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer