A Walmart Supercenter on the south side of Springfield, IL has been fined over $18,000 for allowing trucks to park in their parking lot.
The city of Springfield issued an $18,065 fine to Walmart after it failed to properly comply with the city’s order to prevent large trucks from parking in their parking lot. According to assistant city attorney Krista Appenzeller, the city is concerned for the safety of others in the parking area.
In April of last year, a zoning violation was lodged against Walmart. According to the State Journal-Register, an inspection was ordered after a safety complaint was filed by a member of the public.
Inspectors ruled that when large trucks park in the lot, they block visibility for other motorists. Because Walmart did not say during their plan review or permitting process that parking spaces would be used by large trucks, they were found to be in violation of zoning laws.
In June, Walmart agreed that it would start to crack down on drivers by hiring additional security, but when inspectors went past again in October and November, they took photographs of the trucks parked in the lot. Finally, after they had a stack of photographs as proof, the city sent Walmart another notice that they were in violation of local ordinances.
From November 8th through December 13th when Walmart turned in a new parking plan, fines of $500 a day piled up. Thirty-five days of fines plus an additional $565 fine brought the total to $18,065.
An acceptable fix to the plan according to the city? Paint larger lines in the parking lot to designate truck parking.