California town wants to restrict ‘visual pollution’ on main roads

| 1/27/2009

In communities in Los Angeles County, truckers are wrangling with code enforcement officials over truck parking bans, and now the Calabasas, CA, City Council plans to propose their own ban to rid trucks from the main roads, which they refer to as “visual pollution.”

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, the city council plans to vote on a proposed resolution prohibiting the “stopping, parking or standing of vehicles” along both sides of Agoura Road and Lost Hills Road within city limits. These two roads were selected because they are the most “affected” by truck parking.

The council report cites numerous complaints from Calabasas residents “claiming that truck tractors and trailers parked along city streets are creating noise and visual pollution and unsafe roadway conditions.”

Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said Calabasas truckers may want to make plans to attend this city council meeting.

“For truckers, it’s not a good feeling to know your own city council wants to get rid of you and refers to the way you make your living as unsightly ‘noise pollution,’” Spencer told Land Line Magazine on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Calabasas, which has approximately 25,000 residents in LA County, was considered a “truck friendly” community until now because there are currently no restrictions on the books preventing trucks and trailers from parking along city streets. 

OOIDA has met with members and truckers in the Antelope Valley, which is also in Los Angeles County, regarding increased truck parking enforcement efforts there and in other surrounding communities.

“Adoption of this resolution coupled with a comprehensive enforcement program will help minimize the number of truck tractors and trailers parked on these heavy used city arterials,” according to the council’s report.

Commercial vehicles making deliveries or pickups will be exempt from the restriction, according to the proposed resolution.

If you live in Calabasas and are home, make plans to attend the city council meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Click here for meeting agenda and directions to the meeting.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer