Former ‘truck-friendly’ town considers truck parking restrictions

| 1/17/2008

Trucker Carlos Deharo moved to Hesperia, CA, six years ago for two reasons: his horses and, most importantly, he could park his rig on his own property.

Now, he and many other truckers who moved to Hesperia specifically because the city was “trucker-friendly” are finding out the rules may be changing.

The Hesperia Community Development Advisory Committee will be meeting to discuss nine revisions to the city’s municipal code related to commercial truck parking. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Hesperia City Hall.

“We moved here specifically because we could park our truck on our property,” Deharo said. “Six years ago, when we moved here, I had a code enforcement officer come out and look at our place. I was told I could have up to three trucks parked on my property.”

The city currently allows rigs to be parked in front of homes. The committee is recommending a change so that truckers could park their rigs only in side or rear yards. This change was recommended by the committee because having a truck parked in front of a house “deters from the conventional view of a neighborhood setting,” the committee report stated.

The committee is also recommending that local codes be changed to prohibit the parking of multiple trucks at a single residence or on a lot adjacent to the residence.

Deharo, a heavy equipment hauler, has been driving a truck for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Stormy, have had fliers printed and posters made to notify truck drivers who live in their area of the upcoming meeting, which could affect their livelihood.

“I have 30 to 40 truck drivers that live in my neighborhood alone,” he said. “I have one neighbor that has four trucks and another neighbor that has two trucks. They didn’t even know this was happening until I told them about it.”

This isn’t the first time Deharo has had to move because of a city’s decision to ban residential truck parking. He previously lived in Corona, CA, until that city’s officials decided to ban truck parking in residential areas.

When loaded, Deharo, who pulls a multi-axle trailer, said he used to park at the nearby Pilot Truck Stop, but he said that’s not even an option anymore. That’s because on Dec. 26, 2007, when he went to check on his rig, someone had stolen two of his tires, which cost him $550 to replace.

Currently, the city allows trucks to park free on public streets for two hours. The city also allows trucks to park on public streets if they have permits. Both of those provisions will be chopped if the committee’s recommendations are approved.

To find out more information about the upcoming meeting in Hesperia, CA, to address the nine proposed changes to the city’s truck parking code, click here.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer