The city council in Midland, Texas has passed an ordinance that will allow officers to fine truckers up to $500 for parking in parking lots on commercial properties. According to one councilman, the sight of trucks parked in empty lots is “just completely disgusting.”
On Tuesday, August 14th, City Councilman J. Ross Lacy went on a ride along with the Midland Police Department. He invited a local news crew to join him. Lacy took them on a tour of local areas where commercial trucks were parked on commercial property.
It’s already illegal for trucks to park on both commercial and residential properties within Midland city limits. But MPD can only currently issue tickets for trucks parking in residential areas. There’s no ordinance allowing them to do so in commercial areas.
When the group arrived at a Walmart lot there were seven or more big rigs parked there.
“It’s just completely disgusting,” said Lacy according to Your Basin. “Obviously, its posted, but we don’t have an ordinance where we can go and enforce it with the police department.”
Midland is an oil and gas boomtown. And while the jobs have brought a huge influx of money to the city, it’s also brought along lots of heavy trucks to haul loads to and from the fields.
“Not only are they tearing up our infrastructure but it’s an eyesore for the citizens of our great city,” said Lacy.
To solve the issue, the city council implemented an ordinance that will allow truckers to be issued $500 fines or even have their trucks impounded if they park in a commercial area within city limits that has “No Truck Parking” signs.
The ordinance will go into effect on October 1st. From now until then, Councilman Lacy says the city plans to tell as many property owners as possible about putting up signs.