Another community in Washington state considers truck parking ban

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | Friday, September 26, 2014

As truck drivers continue to struggle to find safe truck parking on a daily basis, city and county councils across the country continue to propose ordinances restricting where they can park.

Some residents in Spokane Valley, Wash., are urging city officials to adopt an ordinance banning truck parking on residential streets. A similar proposal was introduced in the community two years ago, but that effort failed. However, at that time, the city council did pass a ban restricting refrigerated trucks from idling for more than 15 consecutive minutes or for more than 15 minutes total in a single day in residential areas.

The council is also considering a ban on large recreational vehicles like RVs and boats parked on residential streets.

Spokane Valley Mayor Dean Grafos is urging the public to weigh in on the truck parking issue prior to its next council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

In July, two other counties in Washington state passed truck parking bans in Franklin County and Pierce County.

The lack of adequate truck parking is an issue truck drivers across the country are facing. While state DOTs are reviewing their truck parking availability as part of Jason’s Law, which was included in the current federal highway law known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, communities continue to seek bans on truck parking.

Jason’s Law directs the Federal Highway Administration to conduct a study to evaluate the capability of states to provide adequate parking, assess commercial vehicle traffic, and develop a system to measure the adequacy of parking. That survey is currently underway.

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