For generations, truckers had been parking their rigs in the high desert community of Littlerock, CA, with no problems. That was until code enforcement ramped up its efforts about 18 months ago, forcing many truckers to either move their trucks or face hefty fines.
At a time when few have extra money to pay to park elsewhere, some truckers have been pushing for a compromise that would allow them to continue parking on their property.
OOIDA member Tom Fidger of Littlerock said he’s hopeful there is a workable solution regarding the truck parking issue. This comes after Fidger, OOIDA member Bill Benton and OOIDA Regulatory Affairs Specialist Joe Rajkovacz met with Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich on this issue on Monday, July 20, in LA.
“I admit I was a little skeptical going into this meeting that any good would come of it, but it was a positive meeting and I left with the feeling that they really heard our issues,” Fidger told Land Line.
Rajkovacz said he felt the meeting was a productive one and that the supervisor understood the important role trucks play in freight movement.
“I was encouraged by what I heard,” Rajkovacz told Land Line following the meeting. “Supervisor Antonovich seemed sympathetic to truckers’ complaints and concerns and seemed interested in developing a solution that will work for many of our members.”
This is good news for Fidger, who has received his final notice granting him 30 days to move his truck or pay a steep fine.
“We’re not asking for the moon here. We just want to be able to park our trucks on our property, which is why many of us moved up here in the first place,” Fidger said.
– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer