Washington County to Ban Overnight Truck Parking

Washington County to Ban Overnight Truck Parking

According to The News Tribune, leaders in Pierce County, Washington are considering a rule that would ban truck parking in residential areas between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.  

Residents in the county have voiced complaints about trucking being parked in the residential areas, complaining they block visibility and create a safety issue for pedestrians.

“Kids have to walk around them to get to where they want to go on the street,” Pierce County resident Dennis Townsend told The News Tribune.  “They’re basically using the county right of way as a terminal on the taxpayer dime.”

The Pierce County Council is considering a rule that would prohibit the trucks with a gross weight of more than 10,001 pounds or with a trailer in excess of 20-feet long from parking on residential roads in Parkland, Spanaway, Frederickson, South Hill, Eatonville and Gig Harbor.  Violators would face a $175 fine per occurrence.

“There’s a huge group of truckers dumping their trucks all over the Spanaway-Parkland area,” Councilman Jim McCune, R-Graham, said. “I don’t know what the influx is for.  They tell them not to park.  They park anyways.”

The council is hopeful the $175 fine will deter drivers from parking in prohibited areas.

Surrounding areas, Seattle and Tacoma, have a similar parking ban.

Earlier this month, the council voted 4-0 in favor of the ban.  The ban will be subject to a final vote on July 15.

Source:

The News Tribune