City bill would outlaw parking big rigs at home

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 8:45pm
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A bill that cleared first reading in the Metro Council this week would make it illegal for Nashvillians to park tractor trailers-in their driveways or yards.

The ordinance, sponsored by District 11 Councilman Darren Jernigan, would outlaw any truck with a maximum axle-load capacity of more than one-and-a-half tons, as well as tractor-trailers, from being parked on residential property. In addition, no more than one school bus would be allowed to park at residences.

Currently, Metro doesn’t prevent homeowners from parking large trucks on their private property, though it is illegal to station such vehicles on streets in front of houses.

Jernigan, who represents parts of Hermitage, Lakewood and Old Hickory, said he decided to introduce the ordinance after several constituents complained about the presence of a tractor-trailer rig in a neighborhood driveway.

“It’s an eyesore,” Jernigan said. “I understand that folks have to work, but there’s also a reasonable expectation of what a neighborhood should look like.”

Jernigan said he’s heard no opposition toward the bill, only support.

According to Jernigan, Brentwood enforces a similar law. 

18 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 4/9/10 at 6:22

Well, that looks like more government control, doesn't it? Don't do what I do, just do what I think you should do. True legislators.

Its saying; 'more than one person in this family can drive a school bus, but only one of you can park your bus at home'. Where is the other one supposed to park their bus?

It looks like our nation isnow on the down hill side of socialism and a right around the corner from communism.

By: ghost7638ghost7... on 4/9/10 at 6:24

If government tell you, you can't park a big rig in your yard cause of it being an eye sore, why don't they tell you, you can't park a boat there too? It is often time an eye sore, no its because the one who complains think they don't live in glass houses. It amazes me how a couple of idoits can control the majority of people, with stupid complaints. I'm glad I don't live in your county.

By: bfra on 4/9/10 at 6:53

Not to worry! With our inept Codes dept., they don't enforce the laws already on the books, so this will be just another one they can ignore. They are a lazy bunch living off the tapayers.

By: fedupwithgovernment on 4/9/10 at 6:55

Don't worry about this bill. They don't do anything about the other eyesores such as high grass, junk cars, abandon buildings falling down(which the government owns several), yard trash, loose dogs, loud car radios, or mufflers, etc. Why should they worry about your tractor trailer being park on private property of which taxes are being paid.
As far as school buses, why are the tax payers paying for the drivers of these buses to have a way to and from work, you can add the police cars, governement cars & trucks to the list as well.
This politician is like the rest, just making noise so someone thinks he is really concerned with our well being.
If we had less politicians maybe we could pay less taxes by saving on their useless salaries & perks they get.

By: NewYorker1 on 4/9/10 at 7:15

I live in Green Hills and I've never seen this problem in my area, but I think it's a great law.

By: Kosh III on 4/9/10 at 7:32

Parking in the yard is not good, in fact, parking vehicles in the yard is IIRC, already forbidden.
In the driveway? No. Let them be parked there.

By: Emerys9 on 4/9/10 at 7:37

As someone who has lived in a neighborhood where this kind of vehicle is regularly parked in driveways and on the street I applaud this bill. In addition to being an eyesore they can be a danger. They obstruct the driver's view of traffice when you are trying to leave your house. When parked on the street they block most of the traffic lane (and don't get me started on the ones parked on opposite sides of the street, but still beside each other). Try moving around one of these when you can't see what is coming towards you and you are late to work.

By: WayneJ on 4/9/10 at 8:17

In the good old days (pre-1980) teamster-represented drivers, which were most of the less-than-truckload (LTL) segment were well paid, and LTL trucking companies had franchises/operating authorities that were worth something (it took expensive court battles to create new or expand existing authorities) and could keep their pricing to customers high enough to make a profit, reinvest in the company, and still pay union scale wages.

With the deregulation of trucking in 1980, those franchises became worthless as the government started to and continues to hand out those operating authorities like cotton candy. Between 1954 and 1984 roughly 50,000 new trucking companies were started. Between 1984 and today the number of new companies started stands around 450,000.

The carriers that are still around, as a rule, price their services at such low levels that of the publicly traded LTL carriers, only one showed a profit for 2009. The full truckload component of the industry hasn't done much better if at all.

Practially all of the new carriers are non-union, and with that goes the decline in wages generally associated with union vs. non-union wages. The price wars that continue to this day in this industry have killed off all but two of the unionized LTL carriers and we almost lost one of those over the holidays this past December.

In short, Green Hills, you shouldn't have to worry about linehaul tractors in your driveways. Nobody driving one of these things can afford a house in Green Hills unless the spouse is doing exceptionally well.

By: dustywood on 4/9/10 at 8:36

The tractor part of a truck is pretty cool looking and usually does not take up that much space. It the trashy looking trailors that some haul. RV's can be just as much of an eyesore. Personally I find piles of trash in yards and abandoned homes that are rotting, a worse problem. Most truckers are not at home parking their rigs. They are on the road to earn a living. I do not mind a tractor rig parked over night or for the weekend, if it is on a persons private property. Broken down clunkers, bass boats, and the like are just an eyesore as anything else. Some things are a part of life. If kept clean and not cranked up and left idling at all hours of the day and night, trucks are not that bad. No I have never driven a truck.

By: localboy on 4/9/10 at 8:50

"It looks like our nation isnow on the down hill side of socialism and a right around the corner from communism." Sorry, sounds more like the same right wing conspiracy - take control and do what I say, not as I do. Kush III, Emerys9 and WayneJ all make good points.

By: Kosh III on 4/9/10 at 9:10

"In short, Green Hills, you shouldn't have to worry about linehaul tractors in your driveways. Nobody driving one of these things can afford a house in Green Hills unless the spouse is doing exceptionally well."

Besides, NAFTA will eventually allow low-wage Mexican carriers to dominate the market, pricing American carriers and drivers out of existence. Viva la capitalism.

By: PromosFriend on 4/9/10 at 10:29

A tractor rig parked in a private driveway is no more a problem than a Mary Kay pink car parked there, or the resident's Roto Rooter van. This is a person's livelihood. As long as the tractor is parked in the drive, not on the lawn and not on the street, and no trailer is present, what is the big deal? On the other hand, If the tractor owner works for a company, or works under contract for a shipping company perhaps he or she should make arrangements to park at the company hub and drive a personal car to and from work instead of driving the rig home. However, on balance, I'd say leave them alone if they are not creating a nuisance by parking on the street or in the yard.

JustOnePerson'sOpinion

By: GUARDIAN on 4/9/10 at 11:10

If Nashville is that much a socialist community perhaps the home/truck owner should be able to force Nashville to pay him "HIS" price for the home so he can move to a sane and less control freak community. What about boats of any type, trailer of any type, 4 wheels, more cars than drivers living at home, cars with bad paint jobs or just ugly cars, above ground pools, kids stuff in yard and no kids living there, leaving lawn mowers outside, to many flowers or flowers of the wrong color, election posters of the party not in power, signs of any kind, bird feeders and bird houses, ugly fences, ugly color on house, I could keep going but I won't comrade as_h_le.

By: wab on 4/9/10 at 3:19

I work in management for a trucking company. This proposed legislation is ridiculous. These truck drivers live on the road 80% of their lives. The least they should be able to do is park in their own driveway after returning home from weeks on the road to see the families they love and work so hard to support. An over-the-road tractor is not, by itself, overly large. I would agree with this proposal if limited to tractors with the trailers attached.

By: WickedTribe on 4/9/10 at 6:32

The government needs to get out of people's business. If your only basis for a law is something's an eyesore, you should be laughed out of the legislature.

By: concernedtaxpayer on 4/10/10 at 8:56

I think Metro Council should be focusing on more important things than something ridiculous like this. If Metro Council passes this, they also need to put in the bill that Metro Police Cars are not allowed to be parked in residential neighborhoods when officers are off duty. It is annoying seeing police cars parked on the side of streets and in driveways. Metro Police have precincts where these cars can be parked at and maybe that would even save a little money for taxpayers by not using so much gas.

By: free thinker on 4/11/10 at 7:20

hey concerned taxpayer,
like your idea about Metro police vehicles; but let's carry it further and really save. Each department member doesn't need a vehicle, they need a vehicle for assigned shift. Eliminate 2/3's of the black and whites, have a couple back-ups for maintenance (at the precinct) and the savings is greater plus efficient. Same goes for supervisory and detective units.

By: concernedtaxpayer on 4/11/10 at 9:08

free thinker,

That is true about having fewer units will save on the amount invested in these vehicles at one given time. However, it would take a few years for that to happen. And Serpas would be calling Dean up very quickly telling him no so it would probably not happen during this administration.