Truckers' efforts convince Georgia city council to repeal parking ordinance

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 3/5/2013

Two weeks after a Georgia community passed a nuisance ordinance restricting truckers from parking for more than two hours on private property within city limits, council members unanimously voted on Monday, March 4, to repeal the ban.

The Warner Robins council voted 5-0 on Monday to rescind the ordinance originally passed at its meeting on Feb. 19. The ordinance restricted truckers from parking on private property unless they had permission from the property owner.

Warner Robins City Attorney Jim Elliott told Land Line on Tuesday, March 5, that one of the council members suggested the council reconsider its position on the ordinance at its work session prior to Monday night’s meeting after being flooded with phone calls and emails from truck drivers who opposed the council’s decision. Council members later voted to repeal the ordinance.

Elliott said the council members made the decision after hearing from truckers through phone calls and emails about federal regulations that restrict the number of hours truckers can drive, as well as about Jason’s Law from drivers across the country.

OOIDA sent out a Call to Action to its Georgia members living near Warner Robins prior to the initial vote. Although the ordinance originally passed, many drivers from Georgia and across the country continued to call and email members of the city council about their daily struggles to find parking.

Ryan Bowley, director of legislative affairs for OOIDA, told “Land Line Now” on Tuesday that truck drivers’ response in getting the ordinance repealed is a powerful example of a successful grassroots advocacy effort.

“It’s a sign of how important parking is to the men and women out on our nation’s highways,” Bowley said. “Adding parking and making safe parking more available for truckers needs to be a greater priority for communities and state DOTs across the country.”

Warner Robins Council Member Mike Daley told Land Line on Tuesday that he admits the council may have been a “little overzealous in putting this ordinance in place” without communicating with the trucking community.

“We are a military town and we also happen to be a logistics hub for the Air Force so we have a lot of trucks that come through here,” Daley said. “We have a lot of industry here, and we want truckers to know they are welcome here.”

Reed Black, “Land Line Now” staff reporter, contributed to this report.

Copyright © OOIDA