cities are making streetside truck parking an endangered species.
To combat emissions
from trucks going to and from the ports, a residents’ group in West Oakland is
proposing a new truck route that would remove trucks from several residential
The new route would
move trucks off several main roadways, including Mandela Parkway and portions
of Peralta Street – which became regular trafficways for commercial vehicles
after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the Oakland Tribune reported.
Instead, trucks will
be directed onto Third, Fifth and Union streets to enter and exit Interstate
According to a
report from the Pacific Institute, a nonprofit research group, the port traffic
exposes West Oakland residents to six times the amount of diesel emissions as
their neighboring communities.
About an hour east
of Oakland on Interstate 580, another community is keeping trucks off its
streets with increased fines.
In the city of
Tracy, officials have outlawed truck traffic on Tracy Boulevard south of Linne
Road. The ban is the latest in a series of parking-limited streets, which
already prohibits trucks on Sixth Street, Holly Drive and Lammers and Valipcio
Roads, the Tracy Press reported.
According to the Press,
all trucks caught parked on the roads will face a fine of $100.
Truckers in the area
say the ban is discriminatory, and leaves them without a place to park their
rigs when they are home. Marcos Ozuna, a driver who lives and works in the area
every day, told the Press that he can’t afford to pay $150 a month to
park in a commercial lot offered by the city.
“Where do I park my
truck?” Ozuna said.
The same parking
challenges that the California truckers are facing are popping up across the
country as cities and counties are introducing new regulations.