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Driver issuesNewsTop StoriesTruckingTrucking Regulation

Big push to restrict overnight truck parking in Minneapolis hits the brakes

Council committee will take up issue that state’s trucking association says was on ‘fast track’

A move to severely restrict overnight truck parking on the streets of Minneapolis has slowed, with the legislation that would have reduced availability kicked back to a City Council committee for further consideration.

One of the factors driving the slowdown is the presence in the city of a substantial number of truck drivers in Minneapolis’ large East African community, particularly those of Somali descent. 

“A lot of East African drivers had gotten into the industry and that is a big constituency,” John Hausladen, president and CEO of the Minnesota Trucking Association, told FreightWaves about the parking limitation initiative. The number of Minneapolis residents of East African descent who also are truck drivers, and who were parking in the city, was a “surprise” to a lot of council members, he added.

The proposed ordinance that was pushed back to the council’s Transportation and Public Works committee last week is sweeping. Parking by heavy trucks is already banned in residential areas, except for deliveries. The ordinance would extend that ban to all commercial areas and increase fines for violations.

Steve Fletcher, a member of the City Council, said there is a legitimate issue with truck parking that the legislation was trying to address. “It’s creating safety problems, it’s creating noise and nuisance, and we do need to solve that,” he said. 

“But we can’t just say, ‘Don’t park here’ and not have a thought about where the trucks are going to park, because we want the goods delivered,” he added.

While the law would apply to commercial areas, Fletcher noted that the issue of the impact on people of color didn’t just hit independent owner-operators with a Somali background; many people of color live in the primarily commercial areas that would have been impacted by the law and are also affected by the negative consequences of living near a lot of truck traffic. 

Hausladen said the push needed to take a breather and see if there are other avenues to be pursued before a full ban is implemented. That task is now in the hands of city staffers rather than elected council members. 

“We want to see if rather than just doing an outright ban, we can have additional strategies to see if off-street parking can be developed without committing any city funds,” Hausladen said. The staff will be asked to “more aggressively connect with property owners to determine if there is an interest in providing capacity.”

A second part would be for the Minnesota Trucking Association to increase its own lobbying efforts with the state of Minnesota and Hennepin County, where Minneapolis is located.

Putting the issue back in the hands of a committee was considered a victory by Hausladen. He said the sweeping ban was “on a much faster track” before the recent action.

Hausladen said there was little doubt that making the issue more human and bringing in the possible hit on the East African community was clearly a factor in the slowdown. The trucking association gave testimony to the council in which it drove home the point that many of the trucks lining the streets are owned by independent contractors who call Minneapolis home. 

“These small businesses, many of whom are owned by people of color, would have no viable alternative for overnight parking,” the association said in its testimony. “This ban could effectively force many of these hard-working residents to choose between their livelihood and the place they call home. With an existing truck driver shortage, we simply cannot afford to have qualified drivers leave the industry.”

Hausladen did not deny that there are problems in the interaction between parking and commercial activities. But he noted that there are existing laws regarding such things as blocking driveways, often with no enforcement. “If you add a whole other level of enforcement and you don’t have the bandwidth to enforce it, it will just continue anyways,” he said. “Have you solved anything?”

Fletcher agreed with Hausladen that a regional solution is required. The delay gives the council “a little bit of an on-ramp to advocate for better solutions,” he said. 

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John Kingston

John has an almost 40-year career covering commodities, most of the time at S&P Global Platts. He created the Dated Brent benchmark, now the world’s most important crude oil marker. He was Director of Oil, Director of News, the editor in chief of Platts Oilgram News and the “talking head” for Platts on numerous media outlets, including CNBC, Fox Business and Canada’s BNN. He covered metals before joining Platts and then spent a year running Platts’ metals business as well. He was awarded the International Association of Energy Economics Award for Excellence in Written Journalism in 2015. In 2010, he won two Corporate Achievement Awards from McGraw-Hill, an extremely rare accomplishment, one for steering coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the other for the launch of a public affairs television show, Platts Energy Week.

2 Comments

  1. Who is loading them , what broker is acting as a carrier ? Minneapolis had a war last year on it self last year and now choses to exist apart from America

  2. As of owner operator who call Minneapolis home we are facing truck park shortage. And we been asking for the state to give us space where we can park our trucks. But that never happened we are minorities and the city is dealing with all these trucks park on their streets every corner.

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