Truckers have a hard enough time finding a place to park their rigs when they’re OTR, but it just got harder for some truckers to find a place to park even when they’re at home. A Florida county just banned trucks from parking in residential areas – even if it’s off of the street on a trucker’s own land.
The Board of County Commissioners in Lee County, Florida voted unanimously to ban large commercial vehicles from residential areas and public right of ways. According to the commissioners, trucks parked in those areas are detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of Lee County’s citizens.
“We want to be responsive to complaints that come to us, and we receive lots of complaints about trucks being parked in residential areas,” Commissioner Brian Hamman said according to The Lehigh Acres Citizen.
Authorities will be able to issue citations, fines, and even tow away the offending vehicle.
“Parking your vehicle in a residential area is not a suitable use for your land,” said Hamman. “Many are being parked in vacant lots that may not be owned by the person who parked there.”
The ban applies to any vehicle that meets one or more of the following criteria:
- Manufacturer Gross Vehicle Weight Rating over 15,000lbs
- A truck with two or more rear axles
- A semi-trailer truck or tractor-trailer
Despite those criteria, RVs are exempt from the ban.
“The county is not going to send an army of deputies or code enforcement to look for trucks commercial vehicles violations,” Hamman said. “This is going to be driven based upon if your neighbors are happy with you.”