Nashville seeks ban on commercial vehicles from local streets

| 9/11/2009

Two council members of the Metropolitan Traffic and Parking Commission are trying to pass a bill that would ban commercial vehicles from local streets in Nashville, TN.

Council members Bruce Stanley and Sam Coleman introduced a bill July 7, which would make it illegal for commercial trucks to be on local roads unless they were picking up or delivering in an effort to cut down on truck traffic and parking on local streets.

“Huge rigs come up and down neighborhoods and do a lot of damage,” Coleman told the traffic board a month ago, according to The Tennessean newspaper.

However, after reviewing the ordinance, the city’s traffic engineering staff said they wouldn’t support the proposed ordinance as written because it “could be challenged legally and would be difficult to enforce.”

The staff’s recommendation was to instead “investigate truck prohibitions on a case-by-case basis” instead of using a blanket prohibition to ban trucks from local streets.

The commission plans to meet again on the proposed ordinance at 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14, at the Metro Southeast Complex in Nashville.

The commission needs to hear from truckers about how this proposed ordinance could affect their livelihoods if they can’t drive or park on the streets they pay for with their tax dollars.
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– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer