California city mulls ban on truck parking in residential areas

| 5/17/2005

Oh, we got trouble. Right here in Riverside. That’s a capital ‘T’ that rhymes with ‘P’ and stands for Parking.

Fearing an increase in truck traffic from nearby ports in Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Pedro, residents of Riverside, CA, say they want stricter regulations placed on where trucks can park and how long they can idle. And they want more aggressive enforcement of those regulations.

According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the residents were questioned in a survey commissioned by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

Citing the usual complaints – noise and pollution – the survey found that residents of Riverside, and the surrounding Riverside County, want several changes to the regulations regarding trucks in the area, including:

  • Banning on-street parking for larger commercial vehicles in residential areas, except in areas where lot sizes are 2 acres and larger;
  • Banning off-street parking of larger commercial vehicles on lots less than half an acre;
  • Centralized truck parking areas;
  • Increased on-site truck parking and staging requirements for distributors;
  • Coordinated county truck routes; and
  • An informational brochure explaining existing and proposed parking rules for residential neighborhoods and parking policies.

Several major highways – Interstates 10, 15 and 215 – pass through Riverside County en route to the ports. The county is also home to more than 70 warehouses, bringing hundreds of rigs to the area daily.