Bakersfield, CA, targets truckers for parking on streets, dirt lots

| 12/26/2007

Across the country, many cities have started cracking down on where truckers can and cannot park their rigs. If you pull over and park alongside the road in the city limits of Bakersfield, CA, you may pay a hefty fine.

That’s because the Bakersfield City Council has more than doubled their truck parking fines in an attempt to keep truckers from parking along their city streets or on dirt lots.

In September, the City Council voted to raise the fine for truck parking violations from $65 to $150, which city code enforcement officers began implementing this month.

In Bakersfield, it is illegal for trucks to park on the side of the road or on dirt lots – with or without a trailer – unless they are loading or unloading or unless the trucks are in areas zoned for manufacturing.

Code enforcement officers have also had a series of sweeps in the past month to cite trucks in violation of the ordinance.

According to the Bakersfield Californian, although Bakersfield has some truck parking lots, truckers may pay as much as $100 a month for parking privileges.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer