Kentucky House approves truck parking enforcement emphasis

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 3/5/2015

A bill halfway through the Kentucky statehouse addresses concern about trucks parking alongside roads and ramps in the state.

The House voted unanimously to advance a bill that covers concerns about trucks found parked, stopped or standing on highways, shoulders or ramps. However, truckers would be permitted to pull off for a few minutes without being in violation of state law.

Kentucky law prohibits any vehicle from being parked, stopped or standing on the shoulders of any toll road, interstate highway, or state maintained highway. Violators face fines between $20 and $100.

The change sought by Rep. Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, would permit vehicles to be pulled off roadways for up to 15 minutes. The time-limit rule is intended to enable travelers to pull off to make phone calls or texts.

Exceptions to the time limit would be made for emergencies, when pulled over for law enforcement, or for periods of inclement weather.

The bill is named for Todd McCall. The 22-year-old man was killed in 2013 while driving a pickup that reportedly rear-ended a tractor-trailer parked along Interstate 75 in Fayette County, Ky.

McKee said this is not an anti-trucking bill.

“I like trucks. I’m pro-truck. We just want people to park in approved areas,” McKee recently told members of a Senate committee.

The bill includes a one-year warning phase. After the warning phase expires, he said fines already set would again be applied.

“We don’t want to collect money from truckers. We simply want to raise awareness.”

Mike Matousek, OOIDA director of state legislative affairs, has said the lack of truck parking available in states that include Kentucky creates legitimate public safety issues for motorists and truckers.

He said that truckers do not park on shoulders or entry or exit ramps by choice.

“They do so only if there is not a safe and viable alternative,” Matousek said.

The bill, HB170, awaits further consideration in the Senate Transportation Committee.

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