Warner Robins Ordinance To Ban Truckers Parking Overnight in the City Limits
Warner Robins City Council will vote Tuesday to ban big rig trucks from parking overnight in vacant lots in the city limits.
"(They’re)using our vacant grocery stores as just a parking lot to sleep overnight and it’s just not something we really want to exhibit in our city, "Warner Robins Council member, Mike Brashear said.
The councilman said when he sees big rig trucks in parking lots inside the city limits, a few words come to mind.
"It just becomes an eyesore and a nuisance."
That's why he's proposing to ban them with a trucker ordinance. It's not only his experience, Brashear said he's been receiving phone calls from the community who are concerned about the trucks being parked overnight. If passed by city council, “heavy trucks” like 18-wheelers, the cabs and trailers will no longer be allowed to be in a commercial or industrial parking lot for more than two hours. Truckers will have to find a designated rest stop or place to drop their trailer which is not sitting well with some drivers.
"I don't think it's fair due to the fact that it's part of an occupation and you know, as long as it’s not blocking up business, why not?" truck driver, Larry Walker said.
The city already bans heavy trucks in residential neighborhoods. This possible ban means truckers will have to find new places to park which Brashear said is not extreme because he knows the life of a trucker, his dad was one.
"There are a number of different locations from the pilot, the roadside parks on the interstate system all the on ramps, off ramps that they've used for years for those purposes,” Brashear said.
However, truckers like Walker disagree.
"I think it’s better to park here (parking lots), well not abandoned vacant parking lots, lighted areas due to the fact that you'd rather that, then have them park on the side of the exit," Walker said.
For now, truckers can still park in the lots but if the ban goes through, Brashear said the City of Warner Robins will begin enforcing it quickly.
"We'll put it into effect and start issuing citations,” Brashear said. “We have a contract in place for the trucking company that will pull them for us.”
Warner Robins City Council will vote on the ordinance Tuesday at their meeting.