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Legal issuesNewsTrucking

Walmart faces $50k fine for allowing truck parking at Illinois store

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Walmart is facing a $50,000 fine for allowing trucks to park at one of its Illinois stores. The penalty came from the city of Springfield, which claims the store is not following the parking plan approved by the city when it was built.

The previously approved plan does not include truck parking, according to an article by The State Journal-Register. The local newspaper reported that city officials started asking the store to address safety concerns caused by the trucks, like blocked visibility, last April.

The fine was issued last week after Walmart failed to act on its proposed plans, like re-striping its parking lot to allow truck spots or placing barriers to prohibit trucks, according to the State Journal-Register article.

The article states that the city of Springfield is more interested in working with Walmart to find fix any problems than collecting the entire fine.

Walmart National Media Relations Senior Manager Casey Staheli told FreightWaves the store was working with the city to reach a resolution Tuesday.

“We’re still weighing all of our options and continuing to work with the city to reach solutions, until then, we are working within the regulations,” Staheli said.

While it is not uncommon for Walmart stores to allow overnight truck parking, it is banned at many of the stores across the country. Policies can vary because Walmart allows truck parking rules to be set on a store-by-store basis.

“It is store-by-store, as well as community-by-community,” Staheli said. “Sometimes communities have regulations or restrictions, and sometimes the owner of the property we lease might assert certain restrictions.”

He said Walmart supports truck drivers whenever possible, while also operating within community regulations and other restrictions, as necessary.

“We understand the importance of truckers, especially in our line of work, and we try to be as accommodating as possible,” Staheli said.

The problem with Walmart’s varying policies is the lack of predictability for drivers making a parking plan. One company, Trucker Path, has stepped in to help drivers figure out which locations are trucker-friendly and which are not.

The mobile app points drivers to legal parking facilities across the country, including rest areas, truck stops and yes, Walmart stores. It allows drivers to read reviews from those who parked before them, as well as leave reviews for those who will park after them.

Trucker Path Chief Business Officer Chris Oliver said the company called every Walmart in the U.S. and asked if the store was truck-friendly when the feature first launched.

Of about 5,400 stores, about 2,700 reported having truck parking. The company keeps the feature up-to-date by crowdsourcing information from drivers out on the road, according to Oliver.

“We are here for the sake of capturing information from truckers that we use to make their life easier and parking is big, big part of that,” Oliver said.

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Ashley Coker, Editor

Ashley is interested in everything that moves, especially trucks and planes. She covers air cargo, trucking and sponsored content. She studied journalism at Middle Tennessee State University and worked as an editor and reporter at two daily newspapers before joining FreightWaves. Ashley spends her free time at the dog park with her beagle, Ruth, or scouring the internet for last minute flight deals.

One Comment

  1. I used to work for Wal-Mart and our security services loved having truckers on the lot because it helped to get rid of parking lot crimes. If you look at Wal-Marts that do allow trucks vs those whom dont. You will see a rose in crimes from thefts even to murders.
    Plus Sam Waldon would not have approved of any store refusing of any trucker from staying on any Wal-Mart.

  2. 50 grand, And where does the money go? Lining politicians pockets… Damn politicians do nothing but bitch, finger point and get rich. Makes me proud to be an American…

  3. City ordinance most likely, city can fix this easy , and the parking lot is on private property, also the ceo of walmart only needs make one ph call to the city of Springfield il ! Asking the question ? Do you wanf us here or in the next closest town on each side of your sad city !

  4. Without truckers, over the road drivers, you would starve, have no cloths to wear, or fuel for your car. You would have nothing! You want your stuff, bit you wont even allow us to park for a few hours to get some groceries and the supplies we need to do out jobs. Its not a saftey issue, how do you think the product gets to walmart, by a commericial truck.

  5. Without trucksyou would be naked homeless and starving,yep that’s justification to leave garbage and piss bottles in parking lots, I’ve been driving 18 years

  6. walmart in perry georgia has a scheme going with local towing company. they wait till you park and sleeping a few hours, tgen boot you and tell you to pay them. talked to store manager and although he claims ignorance to the way this is hapoening, its clear this operation nightly is making someone thousands of dollars.

    If trucker path truly wanted to help they would have attended each and every truck parking meeting since their inception. remove walmart stores from the app that are shaking down drivers and don’t want us there at all. What I see is trucker path trying to collect data from us. They could do much better to help with this situation.

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