Council’s vote on heavy truck parking postponed

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Groveport City Council postponed its vote on legislation to revise restrictions on heavy trucks that park in the city’s residential areas to April 22 so the issue can be researched further and to obtain more public input.

Council will discuss the proposed legislation and seek public input about it at its committee of the whole meeting on April 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St.

The current city law prohibits trucks, tractors, or trailers with an empty gross vehicle weight of 2.5 tons (5,000 pounds) from parking in residential areas after 6 p.m or before 7 a.m., except for deliveries of goods and materials.

The restriction makes no distinction between parking such vehicles on the street or driveway, it just reads “residential areas.” One proposed change to the ordinance would raise the restricted empty gross vehicle weight limit to 4.5 tons (9,000 pounds).

City officials said the proposed revision to the law arose because of problems with some large vehicles parking in multiple city neighborhoods. The big trucks block the streets causing traffic congestion and making it difficult for emergency vehicles to get through. They added that the current law, as it is currently written, is causing enforcement problems because there are SUVs, some pick-up trucks, and other vehicles that are over the weight limit.

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