Trucking parking bans instituted in Washington state

| July 18, 2014

Washington’s Pierce County became the state’s second county this month to bar truck parking on residential streets in unincorporated areas. 

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Pierce County commissioners voted 7-1 for banning trucks with gross vehicle weights exceeding 10,001 pounds and trailers longer than 20 feet from parking on neighborhood streets between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The ordinance institutes a $175 penalty for violators and hikes the fine for other parking violations from $25 to $50. 

County residents had complained commercial trucks and trailers were being parked and stored in the public right of way in residential areas. This limits sight distance, use of the shoulder and presents noise issues, according to a county staff report.

Most Pierce County cities prohibit parking large vehicles in residential areas, with fines ranging from $250 in Tacoma to $25 in Auburn.

The report notes the ban will further exacerbate Puget Sound’s truck parking shortage, especially with last year’s change in hours-of-service regulations. A 2005 state transportation department study concluded Interstate 5 rest areas and truck stops were near or exceeding capacity. 

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One trucker told commissioners the ordinance does not consider the difficulty balancing HOS restrictions, insufficient parking and travel time between truck stops. Truckers have great difficulty finding open spaces at truck stop, especially after 3 p.m., she stated.  

Pierce County allows commercial trucks with GVW of less than 18,000 pounds to be parked within driveways or another location designed for vehicle parking. Trucks with GVW of less than 30,000 pounds can be parked on lots larger than 5 acres in rural zones. 

Earlier this month, Franklin County passed an ordinance banning trucks from residential street parking in unincorporated areas. Trucks weighing more than 14,000 pounds may only be parked in these areas if making deliveries, according to media reports.

  • truckboner

    NONE OF THIS WOULD HAPPEN IF WE WERE ALL REPUBLICANS AND GOT RID OF EVERY LIBERAL, LIBERALS DON’T CARE ABOUT GUNS, LIBERALS DON’T CARE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION, LIBERALS DON’T CARE ABOUT AMERICA. THIS IS WHAT WE GET FROM HAVING LIBERALS, LIBERALS ARE ALL DEMOCRAPS!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED MORE REPUBLICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bhamshorty

    Ridiculous! And now they decided to shut down The Truck Stop up north on the 5 so they can build more jail housing. We wind up on the street more in Washington then any other state. The rest areas have 8 hour limits in some areas, if that isn’t vexed… It almost feels like they want us to run out of hours just looking for a legal place to rest. Sad.

  • Matthew Larzelere

    1000 mile limit no hrs drive them if you want or not that’s the answer easy to keep track of.

  • BRD

    It’s to bad the trucker can’t just go haul somewhere else when cities and counties don’t want to put up with the trucks. Just let the product sit there.

  • MercenaryMan

    A Truck delivery ban is now in place and No Groceries, clothing, gasoline, Grain, feeds, Lumber, furniture, or other consumable goods will be delivered until appopriate truck parking is provided, let them pickup there couch or John Deere in there Kia Soul…..Truckers make LIFE happen, without the Truck delivery COMMERCE stops, even the money you spend is delivered by truck…..

  • MercenaryMan

    NONE OF THIS WOULD HAPPEN IF WE WERE ALL VOTERS AND WE GOT UP OFF OUR DUFFS LONG ENOUGH TO ACTUALLY VOTE INSTEAD OF WHINE.

  • Daniel Perry

    Amen MercenaryMan. It only takes a few minutes to request a absentee ballot and another few minutes to fill it out and have your vote counted.

  • yello jacket

    Sure these states want to restrict us from parking on the streets. Just park on the on/off ramps. I do it all the time. When the dot has enough of us bitchin. Then maybe the govt. will do sonethin

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  • Nas

    If we can all just put our differences aside and come together to go on strike. Company drivers, owner ops, everyone just come together for a common cause. That would get the folks in Washington DC running like chickens with their heads cut off looking for a solution
    They would finally listen to us as well.

  • truckboner

    THEY NEED MORE JAIL HOUSING FOR ALL OF THE LIBERAL DOPE HEADS!!!!!!!!!

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