'Get in and get out' mind-set limits parking options for OOIDA members

| 12/31/2008

The lack of truck parking and escalating restrictions on where truckers can park are growing problems across the country.

Even though cities and states depend on the goods trucks bring their way, they seem to have a “get in and get out” attitude toward truckers.

That’s a sentiment OOIDA member and produce hauler DuWayne Marshall of Watertown, WI, knows about all too well.

He was ticketed $22 for parking in an industrial area in Fullerton, CA, in the early morning hours on Monday, Dec. 29. Marshall said the industrial park doesn’t allow truck parking between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Faced with a 5 a.m. appointment time at a company that doesn’t allow trucks on-site until 30 minutes before their scheduled pick-up time and a full lot at the nearest truck stop 25 miles away in Ontario, CA, Marshall said he had few options when he decided to pull off for a break.

“These parking bans make it harder and harder for guys like me to just do our jobs,” Marshall told Land Line Magazine on Monday, Dec. 29. “California’s economy depends heavily on trucks because of the produce and food manufacturing industries, but they treat us so poorly. They want us to get in and get out.”

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has been involved in supporting truckers who are banding together to fight restrictive truck parking bans all across the country, including some that are heating up in California.

For now, Marshall said he just wants to know where he can park to take his break.

“Instead of ticketing me for where I can’t park, they could at least provide me with a suggestion of where I can park,” he said.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer