Minneapolis Leaders Considering Ordinance To Ban All Big Rig Parking
Minneapolis, MN – As the big rig parking shortage continues to worsen across the United States, city leaders in Minneapolis are considering banning tractor-trailer parking altogether.
A new report by local news outlet KSTP highlighted the growing problem of semi-trucks parking along city streets.
Big rig parking is already banned in residential areas, but now Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins is pushing for a new ordinance that she says could go so far as to ban big rig parking completely.
“I hear from the neighbors that this is really distracting,” Jenkins told KSTP.
Jenkins said semis being parked in front of apartment complexes, banks and local businesses for extended periods of time are creating “real significant safety issues” for city motorists.
That’s why she says she will be introducing a new ordinance to address the issue.
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While Jenkins says she understands truckers “got to park them somewhere,” she says her proposed ordinance will put forward a variety of options for city leaders to consider.
According to KSTP, Jenkins plans to introduce the ordinance at a committee hearing on August 20.
John Hausladen, president of the Minnesota Trucking Association, pushed back telling KSTP, “We think the city of Minneapolis is making a huge mistake.”
Hausladen pointed to the “severe” big rig parking shortage and said that if the ordinance becomes law things will only get worse.
“Whatever they do is just going to push on the whole system,” he said.
The parking shortage came in at #2 on Transportation Nation Network’s countdown of the Top 5 Troubling Trucking Trends Likely to Continue in 2019.
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