Available truck parking is an increasing problem for truck drivers. Now, another town is considering telling drivers they are not welcome.
The Emmaus Borough Council is considering a ban on commercial truck parking on public streets. The only exception would be made for trucks that are loading or unloading.
“Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that will make it unlawful to do two things on any street, alley or borough-owned property: park a commercial vehicle with a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,001 pounds, or park any vehicle requiring a commercial driver’s license,” the Emmaus Patch reported.
If the ordinance passes, violators will be fined “$15 for the first offense, not less than $50 for the second offense, a minimum of $75 for the third offense with a maximum of $300 for any offense,” the Patch reported.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe said the issues is that trucks parked on public streets cause of line-of-sight issue, the trucks take up parking spots designated for residents and the truck traffic damages the Borough’s roads.
“Councilman Wesley Barrett said the truck parking issue is “overwhelmingly” one of the biggest concerns in the borough,” the Patch reported.
The ordinance will be voted on in the upcoming weeks.