Overdrive Extra

James Jaillet

Trucks – eyesores to the ritzy neighbor

Cedar Lake, Ind., is in a small debate over whether to allow drivers to park trucks in neighborhoods, including their own. This article from the NWItimes.com notes drivers “can’t even bring home the rig’s cab, known as a bobtail, for the time it takes to visit with family or take a shower,” as the local law stands now.

A public study session held last week, though, had several trucking advocates voice opinions, including Town Councilman Greg Parker, who the article says has been in the trucking industry for 25 years (though it doesn’t say in what capacity.)

Parker wants the laws changed to prevent constant ticketing of drivers, and, the article says, Parker noted at the session that fining a driver for taking a truck home “amounts to a tax on the working man.”

The main dissident of the session was Councilman John Foreman, who veered the conversation toward the potential for trucks to damage residential roads and to leak diesel in neighborhoods. He even threw out this zinger:

“If I buy a $300,000 house, I’m not going to want [a truck] parked in my neighborhood.”

No break for the working man, huh?

One driver in the audience, Sharon Zuniga, a Cedar Lake resident, did take exception to Foreman’s  offbeat comment, telling him she thought his comments were “very prejudiced.”

Read the full story here.

  • Gordon A

    If these ritzy home owners had to do with out all the stuff that trucks bring to them they would learn a lesson not soon forgotten. No food. No building supplies.No TV’s. No medicine. No clothes. No carpets. No automobiles. No gasoline for them. No roads to drive on. No sidewalks to walk on. No desks to work on. No cell phones. Even the seeds and plants for the home garden is brought by truck.EVERYTHING they have and depend on is brought by truck. From finished product to raw commodities.
    If you got it a truck brought it. And old cliche but a truism.
    Does councilman Foreman know that his home was built by products that were delivered by truck? The tools the workers used to build his house were delivered by truck to the store.
    Does he have a clue that the street his house is on was cut graded and poured by trucks? That his water lines to his house were delivered by trucks? I bet the thought never entered his mind.
    Unfortunately most non truckers will never get the point. Nor understand how trucks impact their life besides being on the highway.
    I have been to Cedar Lake Ind past and many years ago they did not have this anti truck mentality. They used to be truck friendly.Times change.People change. We are a necessary evil to some.
    I wonder if they knew how much these trucks cost to buy and to operate and how everyone depends on and needs them, it might influence them in a positive way.

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