Truckers, others in Antelope Valley, CA, to fight truck parking ban

| 12/15/2008

Besides struggling to find work as the demand for freight continues to plummet, truckers in the Antelope Valley have been dealt another blow.

Truckers there are being fined as much as $1,000 and threatened with six months in jail after being cited for parking their rigs on their own property in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.

Some truckers plan to meet in Littlerock, CA, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, to discuss ways they can fight the county’s truck parking ordinance issue, which could force some to relocate or pay to garage their trucks elsewhere.

Tom Fidger, an owner-operator from Littlerock, CA, is hosting the meeting at his workshop on Friday night.

“Times are rough out here. Truckers just don’t have piles of cash to hand over to these code enforcement officials for parking our trucks on our own property,” he said “We pay our taxes, and we buy our fuel and tires from businesses here. And then the county wants to hit us again this way?”

OOIDA Regulatory Affairs Specialist Joe Rajkovacz will be attending the meeting to talk to truckers about this issue and about how some truckers in other parts of the state and across the country have successfully dealt with truck parking issues.

Click here to read OOIDA’s Call to Action, which was sent out to members in Los Angeles County on Monday, Dec. 15. Everyone is invited to attend Friday’s meeting.

“Antelope Valley truckers have been an integral part of the local economy for decades,” Rajkovacz told Land Line Magazine. “A large turnout by truckers and their supporters will send a strong message to local and country politicians concerning the issue.”

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer