County Commish Demands Crackdown On Illegally Parked Big Rigs
Clark County, Nevada – A county commissioner in Nevada has had enough of illegally parked big rigs and is urging local leaders to take swift and decisive action.
As truckers are finding it more and more difficult to locate adequate parking, the affects continue to anger residents in cities and neighborhoods throughout the United States.
One such area is Clark County in Nevada.
County officials say they routinely receive complaints of 5, and sometimes even 10, trucks parked in the same neighborhood, according to a new report by The Nevada Independent.
Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom is urging less talk and more action to address the growing problem.
At the heart of the problem, he says, is state laws NRS 484B and NRS 487 which require a 72-hour notice on vehicles illegally parked before an actual citation can be issued or a removal can be ordered.
Further complicating matters is the fact that only the Las Vegas Constable’s Office has jurisdiction over ticketing the vehicles.
Segerblom said the 72-hour notice requirement seemed “reasonable” when it was initially enacted, but suggested truckers are taking advantage of it.
He says truckers often park their rigs on a Friday.
By the time they are in violation of the 72-hour law, the truckers have moved their rigs, Segerblom said.
The lack of ramifications for parking the rigs illegally, he says, is only making the problem worse.
According to a his interview with The Nevada Independent, he says county leaders have drafted a new ordinance to address the problem.
The newly drafted ordinance would amend Clark County Code and allow Metro Police, county code enforcement officers and the constable’s office to ticket commercial vehicles illegally parked in residential neighborhoods.
Violators would face a $100 fine for the first offense, $250 for the second offense and $500 for each subsequent offense.
Following the 72-hour warning notice, trucks are also subject to be towed if still in violation of the law.
Segerblom said the ordinance would also authorize the county to post more signs in trouble areas warning truckers not to park there.
The ordinance will be presented in a public hearing August 6.
Segerbloom called truckers a “vital part of the community,” and said he was aware that a shortage of big rig parking across the area was a problem.
“(This is) a problem, too, because a lot of these guys are self-employed truck-drivers, and they do have the right to go home,” he was quoted as saying.
Whether the ordinance passes or fails, Segerblom says he plans to take it up with the state legislature in 2021.
(Photo shared courtesy of Jeff Scheid/Nevada Independent)
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