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Minneapolis to consider changing tractor-trailer parking rules

Updated: August 09, 2019 10:13 PM

The City of Minneapolis is considering changes that would regulate where large, commercial tractor-trailers can park.

The push comes amid growing concerns over dozens of trucks that fill up valuable spaces all over the city.

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The current ordinance bans trucks from parking in residential areas. The changes, proposed by Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, could extend that ban to other portions of the city.

"I hear from the neighbors that this is really distracting," Jenkins said while standing near the corner of Nicollet Avenue and Lake Street, the ward she represents.

Jenkins pointed to half a dozen semi-trucks parked on either side of the street, several in front of a bank and an apartment complex.

She acknowledged that changes in the industry mean that many trucks are owned by their drivers, and not by corporations.

"So consequently, they have to have those vehicles nearby," she said. "They got to park them somewhere."

While Jenkins said she is mindful of drivers who live in the city, the council vice president is concerned with the trucks that are parked long-term in spaces that are more suitable for business patrons or people living in the area.

"It really creates some real significant safety issues as people are trying to drive," Jenkins said.

While the details of the proposed ordinance have not yet been released, Jenkins said city staff are considering a variety of options, including possibly banning the parking of tractor-trailers all together.

Industry representatives are concerned with the preliminary move.

"We think the city of Minneapolis is making a huge mistake," said John Hausladen, president of the Minnesota Trucking Association. "There's a severe truck parking shortage across the nation. Whatever they do is just going to push on the whole system."

The ordinance is scheduled to be heard during the Transportation and Public Works Committee meeting later this month. Jenkins said the council will also schedule a public hearing on the matter.

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