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
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.