Minneapolis Leaders Considering Ordinance To Ban All Big Rig Parking

Minneapolis, MN – As the big rig parking shortage continues to worsen across the United States, city leaders in Minneapolis are considering banning tractor-trailer parking altogether.

A new report by local news outlet KSTP highlighted the growing problem of semi-trucks parking along city streets.

Big rig parking is already banned in residential areas, but now Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins is pushing for a new ordinance that she says could go so far as to ban big rig parking completely.

 

“I hear from the neighbors that this is really distracting,” Jenkins told KSTP.

Jenkins said semis being parked in front of apartment complexes, banks and local businesses for extended periods of time are creating “real significant safety issues” for city motorists.

That’s why she says she will be introducing a new ordinance to address the issue.


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While Jenkins says she understands truckers “got to park them somewhere,” she says her proposed ordinance will put forward a variety of options for city leaders to consider.

According to KSTP, Jenkins plans to introduce the ordinance at a committee hearing on August 20.

 

John Hausladen, president of the Minnesota Trucking Association, pushed back telling KSTP, “We think the city of Minneapolis is making a huge mistake.”

Hausladen pointed to the “severe” big rig parking shortage and said that if the ordinance becomes law things will only get worse.

“Whatever they do is just going to push on the whole system,” he said.

The parking shortage came in at #2 on Transportation Nation Network’s countdown of the Top 5 Troubling Trucking Trends Likely to Continue in 2019.

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Comment (3)

  1. Well if I were still driving and I was given a load to go to Minneapolis, I’d tell dispatch to keep it, Because I’d be damned if I’d take a load someplace where I couldn’t park and take a nap or whatever until I got unloaded… The trucking industry has really gotten out of hand, and then you have cities that want to ban trucks altogether. Everyday I wake up I tell myself I sure am glad I got out of that game when I did. It just isn’t worth it anymore.

    1. The problem is truckers aren’t simply parking their tractors for a few hours near their delivery point. They’re parking the whole rig, trailer and all, where ever they can, leaving it sit for several days. They take up on-street parking in areas where they aren’t even doing business, they double-park their cars next to the truck while they work on it, and leave trash on the side of the street. Some streets have so many trucks parked on them that it’s very difficult to see the driveways and signs for the businesses. And in the winter when the streets get narrower due to the plowed snow, those big rigs just make it worse. I don’t think an all-out ban is the answer, but 24 hours should be the max, no more than 10 with a trailer. And the city should try to utilize vacant lots where they can stay longer if needed.

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