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College Station enforces parking ban on heavy trucks amid safety, space concerns

College Station, Texas has implemented a citywide parking ban on large trucks and trailers, responding to concerns about safety and congestion.

Quick facts: Despite some opposition, the ordinance passed with a tight 4 to 3 vote and enforcement will begin after a six-month grace period.

  • The ban, initiated due to public complaints, targets vehicles primarily used for transporting goods or passengers with a weight of 26,001 pounds or more, including any towed unit weighing over 10,000 pounds.
  • Prior to this decision, restrictions only existed on select streets, but the issue gained traction following resident and business concerns over traffic and street congestion.

Exceptions: Not all large vehicles are covered by this ordinance. Box trucks like U-Hauls, delivery vans, and trucks lighter than the specified weight without attached trailers are exempt.

Trucker reactions: Some local truck drivers, like Evan Phillips, view the ban as unaccommodating, arguing that truckers are essential for delivering goods and should not be pushed out without ample parking options.

Lewie Pugh of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has highlighted the broader issue of inadequate truck parking and the financial burdens placed on truckers by similar bans.

The city has suggested truck stops around College Station and neighboring cities as alternative paid parking options, but concerns remain about the implications for independent operators already dealing with the challenges of long driving hours and the need for convenient rest spots.

To ease the transition, the Public Works Department will lead an educational campaign to inform truckers about the ban's specifics through various channels and signage.

City staff presentation and more details on the ordinance can be found in the KBTX report.

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