If the City Council of Loma Linda, CA, adopts a proposed
law, truckers who live or work in the area may have to find another place to
park their rigs.
The ordinance, which is scheduled to be introduced at a City
Council meeting on July 26, would ban vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds – as well as any vehicles with a commercial trailer attached – from parking in
the city’s residential areas.
In addition, the vehicles would only be allowed to sit for
four hours in commercial areas, and would not be allowed to park at all between
2 and 6 a.m. And no rigs would be allowed to stay in any part of the city for
longer than 3 days.
The San Bernardino County Sun reported that, while
the ordinance has the support of some people, truck drivers are especially
upset by it, claiming they have a right to park on private property.
But City Attorney Richard Holdaway told the Sun that
residents should not have to put up with the noise generated by trucks when they
start, as well as the noise involved in working on and maintaining trucks.
“You wouldn’t want a machine shop operating in your
neighbor’s garage at all hours of the night,” he said.
Drivers in the city also maintain that they have no control
over wait times and can be held up waiting to load or unload cargo often for
longer than four hours.