Small Town Apologizes After Backlash From Truckers Over Ordinance Banning Big Rig Parking
Tifton, GA — Officials in a small Georgia town are responding to a firestorm of criticism after banning truckers from parking their rigs even in their own driveway.
Late last month, the Tifton Police Department took to social media to remind truckers of City Ordinance 78-33 which disallows temporary or overnight parking of semi-trucks or trailers on residential streets and even private driveways.
The ordinance has been in place for some time, but Tifton Police Chief Steve Hyman said recent complaints spurred him to remind truckers of the rules.
The social media post sparked outrage among many in the trucking community.
So much so in fact, city officials released a statement attempting to apologize for any confusion or concern.
Read it below:
The City of Tifton recognizes the importance of the commercial driving industry and the work of commercial truck drivers and we apologize if the recent educational piece posted by the Tifton Police Department caused any confusion or concerns. It is important for us to address it and understand the concerns raised.
Just to clarify the facts, the City of Tifton does have a long-standing ordinance on the books that address “Truck Routes” and “Weigh Limits” which is common in most cities, especially for residential areas. This particular ordinance is meant to be a guide and lists specifics related to trucks and regulations. The police department does field numerous calls about semi’s in the middle of neighborhoods and the noise they create late at night or early in the morning. Other complaints are usually from a safety standpoint for children or pedestrian traffic.
In responding to local residential complaints, it is common practice of the City of Tifton Police Department to educate the operator of the truck, provide a warning outlining the rules, and to offer possible solutions about parking their truck outside of the residential area in the future. In some cases, the police officer finds that the operator was unaware of such information. The City of Tifton does realize this is difficult at times and that is why we try to balance enforcing the rules with any local trucking professionals and the local residents who complain about the interruption of their quality of life for specific residential areas.
Being in the center of three main GDOT roadways, Tifton/Tift County is fortunate to have a few major truck stops that offer many amenities for trucks and their drivers and we welcome the movement of commercial traffic thru Tifton along the designated routes. For those drivers who may reside in the City of Tifton, we are open to conversations regarding finding a possible alternative solution for parking.
Because of the weight demands for truck combinations, it is critical that we try to preserve our pavement on secondary streets that may not be suitable for excess weights as well as protect shallow water and sewer lines that could be damaged or lead to a safety situation.