San Antonio will talk about moving thousands of no-parking trucks

The San Antonio City Council will discuss a plan Wednesday that would ban semi-trucks from parking on city streets.

The new ordinance will be discussed during the Council’s B session beginning May 15 at 2 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas.

According to Kens 5, semi-trucks are already banned from parking on residential roads, but residents are pushing for a buffer zone of at least 1,000 on shopping streets near neighborhoods.

“They park every day, at night. Many businesses have had to remove their on-street parking to put up ‘No Parking’ signs just to get rid of it. The (drivers) are picked up by family members or an Uber. They don’t live here and are not part of these companies. These are just areas they use because it’s free parking,” explains John Wood, president of the Oakland Heights Homeowner’s Association. “It’s usually full.”

“We have three major schools in the area,” he continued. “There are children here all the time. The trucks obstruct visibility and cause danger. The road is extremely narrow, meaning cars have to swerve to get around it. You have a fire station here, so imagine that the fire trucks also swerve. They park at the stop sign and you see the trucks are also blocking a fire hydrant, not to mention the damage they do to the road.”

Trucking advocates argued at a March Public Safety Commission meeting that truck drivers have no other options in the city of San Antonio. At that meeting, city staff stated there are only eight private lots in the area. These eight lots would have to accommodate thousands of now-displaced hikers if the parking ban were to go into effect.

“The truck parking statistics are quite staggering,” David Olson, co-founder of the truck parking chain Riggy’s, said at the March meeting. “A survey conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, American Trucking Association and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association found that there was only one parking space for every eleven drivers on the road today. So the question is quite staggering. Additionally, a Trucker Path survey found that 75% of drivers admitted to going over their hours to find parking and 96% admitted to parking illegally.”

The Texas Trucking Association also commented on the proposed ordinance, stating that: “While we sympathize with the San Antonio City Council’s concerns about unauthorized or unsafe parking, continuing to prohibit truck drivers from parking in the neighborhoods in which they live. . Instead, TXTA and its member companies would like to see actions that address the problem – not just the symptoms. And this includes access to safe parking for the one in fourteen Bexar County residents who work in the trucking industry.”

“We have to look after the interests of the truck drivers and at the same time look after the interests of the homeowners,” said District Councilman Manny Pelaez.

“What we’re going to look at is encouraging truck drivers to take their trucks (to the private lots), or maybe finding facilities within the city limits to be able to facilitate parking and make it easier for drivers,” he said . continued.

“We are absolutely pro-trucking,” Wood continued. “We support the 18-wheelers. But we need them to find a place that is safe for their rigs and safe for the community. This street is not it.”

If the ordinance is approved Wednesday, it will go back to the City Council for a final vote in the coming months.

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