California community follows through on truck parking ban

| 6/29/2005

It is an idea that has been under consideration for several months in the county of Riverside, CA, and on Aug. 1, it will become a reality.

The North County Times reported that county officials have approved a plan to ban parking on neighborhood streets in unincorporated communities within the county.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors said it was responding to growing concern from residents about increasing traffic from the nearby ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Under the plan, truck owners could be cited, fined and have their vehicles impounded. Fines of $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and $750 for a third have been proposed.

The plan also calls for area cities to designate truck routes as well as setting up parking areas for trucks near the city of Riverside. In addition, the county plans to ask Thomas Brothers to prominently display truck routes in its map books.

Finally, the plan suggests the county work with regional and state regulators to fine diesel vehicle drivers who idle for longer than five minutes.

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, which bring hundreds of rigs to the area daily.