Missouri Town Bans Semi-Truck Parking, Would Welcome Truck Stop
Ozark, Missouri – Leaders of Ozark, Missouri said recent complaints by business owners of truckers parking around their businesses led them to adopt a new ordinance banning semi-trucks from parking on many of its streets.
The new ordinance, which goes into effect as of June 5, bans semis from being parked on any residential street at any time.
The ordinance also bans semi parking on any public street overnight between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Truckers who are actively loading and unloading are permitted to park while performing their duties, according to the ordinance.
According to a report by local news outlet KY3, Ozark city leaders said they had to enact the ordinance because as towns around them were banning semis from parking, more truckers were choosing to park in Ozark.
“We were having complaints by property owners and business owners that there were semi-trucks parking overnight on city streets,” said Steve Childers, Ozark’s city administrator told KY3. “Adjacent to the property, maybe blocking their property off from their customers and so forth.”
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Tracey Tracy is the wife of trucker and lives in Ozark. She said the town should welcome truckers instead of forcing them out.
“It is a national problem and it’s come here now,” she told KY3. “We can at least accommodate them instead of running them off.”
Tracy said what city leaders are doing is not right. “You have to find a place to park and whatever time that may be, your spouse or whoever is going to have to get up in the middle of the night or early morning and come get you, bring you back, when you can just be right here.” Tracy explained.
Childers says leaders would welcome a major truck stop chain along Highway 65 to help alleviate the parking problem, but so far none have shown interest.
“We certainly recognize that there is a limit to those types of services up and down Highway 65,” Childers said. “We think Ozark would be great for that.”
Ozark authorities are warning that truckers found to be in violation of the new ordinance will be ticketed.
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(Image courtesy of KY3)