Minneapolis Goes Ahead And Enacts Sweeping Truck Parking Restrictions

After looking like it might move away from a ban on truck parking on the streets of Minneapolis, the city legislature stepped up last week and did just that for larger vehicles.
The city council voted 12-1 to convert an existing ban on truck parking in certain residential areas into a city-wide ban, with some provisions to try to offset the pain it could cause truck drivers.
According to the ordinance, nowhere in the city is there an exception for larger trucks, which are defined as over 26,000 pounds. These are the trucks that usually need long parking times in order to comply with the operating times monitored by ELDs. These trucks are not allowed to "stop, stand or park" on any street in the city.
The previous law banned parking in several separate zones, mostly residential areas, but not a ban in areas such as industrial areas.
The latest law defines two categories of trucks: one that weighs 10,000 pounds or more or a total weight of 12,000 pounds, and the second for all trucks that weigh over 26,000 pounds.
Under the previous ordinance, trucks weighing more than 6,000 pounds or with a gross vehicle weight rating of 9,000 pounds were not allowed to park near six separate residential areas.
The latest regulation increases the weight of restricted trucks to 10,000 pounds or 12,000 pounds of gross vehicle weight for trucks wishing to park in these residential areas as well as several other mixed residential areas. It does not place restrictions on other zoning that may be round in the city's zoning definitions, including industrial areas.
There are exceptions in both weight classes for trucks that load or unload cargo or people, have been instructed to park by police officers or are parked in parking spaces.
In the council's motion for committee work from May, the possibility of designating an area for parking was shown. "The proposed amendment to the regulation will allow overweight trucks to park on streets that are marked to be heavier than the general weight limit," it said. "Adjacent property owners and businesses can apply for and pay a fee to set up these zones. The Department of Public Works will review applications for weight limit-free zones and establish them if necessary."
Minnesota trucking officials had hoped the rush to approve parking restrictions was slowed by several factors, including large numbers of the city's East African residents working in the trucking sector and recognition that trucks were used to deliver Goods are required.
Instead, the council left the state's largest truck trading group in anger by approving the no-parking permit.
"The Minnesota Trucking Association is extremely disappointed with the action by the Minneapolis City Council," the group said in a prepared statement. “Not only does it prohibit commercial vehicles from being parked on the street, but it also doesn't provide meaningful urban resources to meet the need for secure truck parking. We should look for ways to provide truck drivers with safer parking spaces rather than policies that would degrade a vital industry and cause real economic damage to the city. "
The new law contains provisions that appear to try not to penalize some drivers. For example, the regulation stipulates that if “another person” is punished for the offense, a person would not be penalized, which would presumably mean that a driver of a company truck would not be hit if the company pays the fine. It also states that the new law does not apply to a lessor of a vehicle if the lessor has a record of who the lessee is.
The new law also increased fines for violations to $ 250, up from $ 100 to $ 150 from previous provisions.
Approval of the ordinance does not end what the Minnesota Trucking Association and others have sought: The council's public operations committee report looked for further "reach."
"Commercial real estate owners, institutions and railway companies should be contacted to find potential parking spaces," the committee's report said. "While parking lots are not a representative use of the adopted Minneapolis 2040 plan, the need for that use is so important that employees should strive to develop as many parking spaces as possible in the city."
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