Compromise reached in truck parking ordinance in Rio Rancho

| 1/24/2008

For the second time in less than two years, truckers in Rio Rancho, NM, have defeated efforts by the City Council to ban all truck parking in residential areas.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, the Rio Rancho City Council voted unanimously to adopt an amended ordinance that allows truckers to park their rigs behind their houses if there is room, build walls or use landscaping to hide their trucks.

The City Council originally proposed an ordinance that would have forced truckers to either park their rigs on secured truck parking lots or build garages on their property to hide their trucks.

There currently are no secured truck parking lots in Rio Rancho, which would have been a huge problem for truckers to find a place to park. One OOIDA member priced the cost of building a garage on her property, like the City Council originally suggested, as costing more than $32,000.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer