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.