Georgia city latest to ban truck parking at homes

Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023:

Georgia town bans residential truck parking

The city of Macon, Georgia, as of Jan. 1, will no longer allow truck drivers to park their rigs at home.

According to new city code that took effect at the beginning of the year, any truck or trailer larger than 10,000 pounds is not allowed to be parked in a residential district. The law also applies to RVs, travel trailers and more.

According to local CBS affiliate WMAZ, Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning have said they will no longer be issuing warnings for violations of the law and will be issuing citations, with fine amounts being determined by a judge.

Macon-based truck driver Raven May told WMA parking availability in Macon is lacking, much like many other parts of the country. There are some truck stops in the area, but they are generally full, or don’t allow locals to park overnight, he said.

[Related: Truck parking at home: When local governments say no]

Nebraska extends fuel-related HOS waivers

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on Tuesday extended an emergency declaration exempting fuel haulers in the state from hours of service regulations.

In the declaration, Ricketts said multiple states, including Nebraska, continue to experience fuel shortages due to high demand. As a result, he extended the declaration through Jan. 31.

The declaration exempts motor carriers and truck drivers hauling gasoline or gasoline blends, diesel, fuel oil, ethanol, propane and biodiesel from Part 395 of the federal regulations.

Drivers operating under the exemption are required to carry a copy of the declaration with them as evidence of their direct support to Nebraska during the emergency period.

Drivewyze, Bestpass partnering to control toll costs

Weigh station bypass service Drivewyze and toll management platform Bestpass have announced a new partnership to address fleet and driver pain points with tolling.

The companies are aligning their offerings for fleets adopting weigh station bypass and toll management services. Both companies are also collaborating on the rollout of a Drivewyze toll trip report which provides highly accurate GPS-based toll event data.

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Drivewyze offers PreClear weigh station bypass services at more than 840 sites in 45 states and provinces. In addition, it offers Drivewyze Safety+, a proactive in-cab safety alerts and driver-coaching service, which includes features allowing fleets to create in-cab toll road notifications.

Bestpass works with more than 50 tolling authorities across the U.S. providing a payment platform with a focus on nationwide toll management for commercial fleets. The service offers some form of solution for 100% of major toll roads.

The toll trip report will collect toll road entry and exit events that fleets can use as a source of data when investigating violations, over-charging, and fraud incidents. With Bestpass’s toll data collection, this toll trip report will give fleets visibility and control to detect inaccurate tolling costs, the companies said.  

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