All too often, cities and towns across America see trucks a nuisance. When people complain, laws are changed, truck bans are put in place, and fines are issued. Recently, another community complained about loud, smelly, noisy trucks using the roads in their town to transport goods. But this time, laws were changed to benefit truckers.
Near New Castle, Delaware, just outside of Wilmington, there’s a community called Pyles Lane. Residents there were complaining about trucks hauling goods between a local trucking company and the Port of Wilmington.
“Very frustrating to see this neighborhood go down the way it has gone down,” said one resident in an interview with The News Journal. “[The trucks] tore this road up like you wouldn’t believe. And the noise. And the vibrations of these homes. And the smell from diesel.”
The trucks were not technically supposed to be using the road due to restrictions put in place by DelDOT in 1971. So, the community complained to DelDOT, hoping they would put a stop to the truck traffic.
Instead, DelDOT changed the rules, allowing the trucks to continue using the road. According to a DelDOT spokesperson, enforcing the old law would likely put local trucking companies out of business. The spokesperson also pointed out that the trucks shouldn’t really be considered in violation anyway because they’re making local deliveries.
Now though, the residents are gearing up for a fight. They’ve hired a lawyer to represent them, and the New Castle County Council is reportedly toying with the idea of filing a lawsuit to force trucks to use a different road. An attorney representing a local trucking company at the center of the debate says that the road in question, Aldrich Lane, is too narrow for safe truck traffic.
“They don’t care about us, the residents,” said another local. “All they care about is the almighty dollar.”