Minneapolis City Council Advances Controversial Big Rig Parking Ban
Minneapolis, MN – A controversial proposal to crack down on truckers who park semi-trucks on city streets in Minneapolis is one step closer to becoming law.
On Wednesday night the Transportation & Public Works Committee (T&PWC) of the Minneapolis City Council met to discuss the proposed semi-truck parking ban proposal.
Under the proposed ordinance: “No vehicle or hitched or unhitched combination, with or without load, which weighs more than twenty-six thousand (26,000) pounds or is registered for a gross weight of more than twenty-six thousand (26,000) pounds shall be permitted to stop, stand, or park on any street unless one of the following exceptions is met.“
The only exceptions would be “during the loading or unloading of passengers” and “when the vehicle is stopped, parked, or standing in compliance with specially posted signals or signs regulating the weight of a vehicle or combination, or at the directions of an authorized traffic control agent or police officer.”
Truckers found to be in violation of the proposed parking ban would be hit with a $150 fine beginning January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.
The fine would increase to $250 in 2023 and beyond.
Proponents of the proposal argue semi-trucks present a nuisance to local businesses and residents as well as make the streets more dangerous to navigate.
However, the Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) asserts such a ban would “force truck drivers to park outside of the city, which would impede on-time deliveries and disrupt daily commerce.”
“Many of the trucks parked overnight are owned by independent contractors who live in Minneapolis,” MTA said. “These small businesses, many of whom are minority owned, would have no viable alternative for overnight parking. This ban could effectively force many of these hard-working residents to choose between their livelihood and the place they call home.“
After more than an hour of debate, the T&PWC easily passed the proposal.
It will now head to the full Council for consideration which could happen as soon as July.
WATCH the meeting below.