Georgia community wants trucks out

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 2/19/2013

One Georgia community has developed a “not in my backyard” attitude when it comes to allowing trucks to park for more than two hours in vacant lots within city limits.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Warner Robins, GA, City Council planned to vote on a truck parking ordinance that would make it illegal for truck drivers to park in vacant lots for longer than two hours. The council has already banned truck drivers who live there from parking in residential areas.

Some truckers told Land Line on Tuesday they planned to attend the city council meeting and voice their concerns about the proposed ordinance after receiving a Call to Action from OOIDA about the council’s plans. Some say they have already received notices stating they must find a new location to park.

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer told Land Line that banning truck drivers from a growing community is bad for business and bad for small-business truckers who live in Warner Robins and who are trying to make a living.

“Obviously, America moves by trucks,” Spencer said. “Everything we wear, own, eat is moved by truck.”

Warner Robins Councilman Mike Brashear told Fox 24 in Georgia that tractor-trailers parked in parking lots have become an “eyesore and a nuisance.” He also encouraged truck drivers to use on and off ramps along highways in city limits. Drivers who live there say there are “no parking” signs posted in the exact areas where Brashear is suggesting they park.

“It’s really a sad statement of the lack of awareness that supposed city officials have about the importance of trucks,” Spencer said. “City officials should know that they can’t have businesses and a population without trucks to provide them with the goods they need.”

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