Despite pumping life into every town and city that they haul freight to, truckers are still looked upon as a nuisance by most areas. They think of big trucks as rolling death-machines that bring pollution, noise, and crime to their towns, not realizing that what they really bring is absolutely everything the town needs to survive. Well, yet another city is taking steps to ban these “nuisances” from their streets entirely.
The mayor of Columbiana, Alabama has called for a ban on semi-trucks driving in their downtown area. He says that trucks are the main cause of traffic jams in his city and that truckers often drive over curbs. He was quoted as saying “I really feel like we are doing the city a disservice by allowing these large trucks” to drive in the area.
It seems that it’s not just one man’s misguided quest to turn truckers into a scapegoat, the city council has cast their lot in with the mayor as well. “I think it’s unanimous that everyone agrees if we can keep [truckers] out of the downtown area, we should do it,” the mayor said.
Towns across the country trying to keep trucks of their main streets cause annoying, time wasting, and sometimes dangerous detours, but even more worrying is that towns are now trying to keep truck stops from opening their doors anywhere in the town limits.
In Mesquite, Nevada, a building and 21 acres of empty land have been unoccupied for quite some time, but when a buyer for the land presented itself, city officials and residents turned out to protest the sale. The reason? The empty facility would have been turned in to a Pilot Flying J Travel Center. A hearing was held to decide whether the city of 20,000 would allow the sale. Of the 16 people who were given the chance to speak, only 3 spoke in favor of the truck stop.
Among those speaking was former mayor Susan Holecheck. She spoke against the planned sale saying that the travel center would increase traffic, air pollution, sound pollution, and road maintenance. And despite adding 75 jobs at the center alone, she said that the project would do more harm than good to the local economy.
While both towns have the right to mandate what happens inside their borders, their actions show a clear lack of understanding of how truckers affect the daily lives of every single person living in the United States.
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