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
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
- By Aaron Ladage, staff editor