Truckers in California’s Antelope Valley fight truck ban; win election

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, November 06, 2008

Truckers in the unincorporated Southeast Antelope Valley in California are fed up with truck parking restrictions banning them from parking on their own property.

Enforcement of the truck parking ban prompted one owner-operator, Tom Fidger, of Littlerock, CA, to run for a seat on the Littlerock Town Council. Fidger and truck supporter Dave Cleveland, also of Littlerock, were both elected to Town Council seats Nov. 4.

Fidger said he decided to run because he was tired of truckers not being given a fair shake in his community.

“I have lived in this area for more than 20 years, and until recently we’ve had this ‘live and let live’ kind of philosophy here,” he told Land Line Magazine recently. “Now, there are some that have moved here that want to push us out of our communities because we drive a truck. I just don’t think it’s fair.”

Bill Guild resigned from his position on the Littlerock Town Council in October. In part, Guild said he resigned because he opposed the council’s position on the truck parking ordinance.

Guild, who isn’t a trucker, has been working with truckers there to come up with a “reasonable” solution that would allow them to park on their property. He said it’s “just wrong” that some truckers have been cited for parking on their own property. Guild said some of the fines are as high as $1,000, and truckers face possible jail time if their fines are not paid.

He said the amendment he helped write would allow truckers who own, rent or lease their property to park their trucks (tractor and trailer), one or more units, on their own property “provided they do not obstruct, block or reduce the street-side view of existing structures and will not block any exits, windows or access ways.”

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