Dallas police to crack down on truck parking in restricted areas

| 12/27/2006

 They say everything is bigger in Texas, but that phrase must not apply to available truck parking in the Dallas area.

Sgt. Cpl. Jamie Matthews, a spokeswoman for the Dallas Police Department, told Land Line Magazine the city is working on a plan that will target business and land owners who allow trucks to park in truck-restricted areas.

"I don't think it's necessarily a new initiative; I think it's just kind of refocusing our manpower," Matthews said. "With our current manpower, there are certain things we haven't been able to enforce."

Matthews said the plan's specifics have not yet been decided and that there is no deadline or start date established, but that it would target businesses, not the individual truckers who are parking their trucks there.

However, she added that fines and citations could apply to truck owners who park outside their own homes or businesses in areas where trucks are already restricted or prohibited.

According to a 2002 study of truck parking adequacy commissioned by the Federal Highway Administration, Texas ranked 44th overall compared to all other states except Hawaii, and 48th in its number of public truck parking facilities, such as rest areas.

 Matthews said she was unaware of any programs designed to increase or improve available truck parking in conjunction with the new restrictions.

- By Aaron Ladage, staff editor