Californian Councilman Cracking Down on Truck Parking

There’s a California city, which like most cities, has some abandoned lots inside its borders. And, like a lot of cities, if the property isn’t posted, truckers park their trucks there while at home or maybe even when waiting to deliver the next morning.

Suisun City, Calif., doesn’t have a parking ordinance prohibiting trucks from parking at home. The city has the typical sampling of weight restrictions on some roads, no parking for more than two hours in posted zones, basically the usual stuff.

It’s not unusual for truckers to park up in vacant lots overnight.

But, according to the Daily Republic, there have been a few truck drivers who have taken to parking overnight behind the post office on an abandoned lot.

Behind the post office. On city-owned, undeveloped land. That’s not posted. Overnight.

According to the Daily Republic, City Councilman Mike Hudson “noticed” that the eight or so trucks had been parking on the undeveloped land behind the post office.

He noticed the trucks. There were no complaints about the parking. The dude was tooling along on the way to work, or to grab a Starbucks, who knows – but he noticed the trucks parked there.Apparently, he noticed more than that. He saw a potential money grab.

“Hudson asked if the rest of the council was interested in having city staff explore the details of charging the trucks about $50 a night to park there,” the Daily Republic reported.

Do what? One night’s worth of parking in a dark, undeveloped lot, and you want $50 for each one of those trucks. That’s $400 bucks a night for eight trucks for NOTHING. Heck you could find a Super 8 and park in their lot while you sleep in their $39.99 bed.

So, since they are at least on the fence as a council, maybe a few letters or phone calls could explain to them why this idea is just not feasible, for many reasons. Here’s a link to their city website.

Meanwhile, I’m going to sit here and wonder for a bit longer … $50. How in the world does he justify in his mind $50 for parking on a dark, undeveloped scrap of land…. Oh, I know; truckers are rich.

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