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Should Emmaus ban Commercial Trucks From Parking in Borough?

Emmaus is considering an ordinance that would prohibit commercial trucks from parking on borough streets except under certain circumstances. Is that a good idea? Take our poll.

Last week had the first reading of an ordinance that would bar commercial trucks from parking on public streets except to load or unload and during times of road construction.

Borough officials said many residents have complained about truck parking, saying it is a safety concern and a line-of-sight problem for other drivers. They say the trucks take up space needed for resident parking.

But readers commenting on an on the ordinance said it was unconstitutional, would make it harder for truckers to earn a living and may force them to move out of Emmaus.

What do you think?   

Logical Libertarian August 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Of course they should ban them. The simple questions should be asked. Are they to serve a business in Emmaus? The overwhelming majority are not. Are the trucks parked here private rigs owned by Emmaus residents? The overwhelming majority are not. How is this even an issue?
Ron Beitler August 28, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Tractor Trailer problems in the East Penn area in general will only worsen given LMT going "all in" on distribution warehouses. TRUST ME these trucks take local roads. Drivers are paid to find the fastest route between A and B. And if that means a local road they will take it. Tractor trailer bleed from the warehousevilles in LMT is a major issue not only in LMT but surrounding area. I'm all for economic development, but what we're doing is going completely overboard in one sector when we should be building a vibrant and diverse tax base to support our school district. Going all in on warehouses hurts our QOL and puts all our land development chips in one sector.
Sharon Robertson August 28, 2012 at 01:40 PM
If you follow the comments in the original article, most who commented where in favor of allowing Emmaus residents who are truckers to park on the street, or find them a place in the community to park their rigs. Trucking is their livlihood, with some away from their families for extended periods of time. When home, they should be allowed to park at or near their homes, and spend time with family, just like the rest of us. And for those truckers who are local but 'on-call', should not be penalized for having their trucks parked at or near their homes. Be careful what you ask for when the next 'overnight' shipment you thought would be here is delayed; or if you run out of fuel during a winter storm, and that 'on call' local driver is now delayed in getting to you. What goes around...
Ron Beitler August 28, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I haven't heard anyone who is not ok with truckers parking their rigs on local streets... if that is their job/livelihood. Why can't we have a permit process to insure parked trucks belong to residents? My issue is out of town drivers cutting through residential areas making NON local deliveries.
Melody Busher Roeder August 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
sharon you are abolutly right those trucks haul everything people use the geni doesn't deliver all the products that are used in the home and town truckers drive there trucks to work others drive other vehicles should they be band from the street if you have no were to park them off the street most trucks are parked at night and on the weekend you need to be carefull when passing them when they are parked as well as when they are moving but most people have no respeced for the Big trucks and with out them you would have no product any were of any type and the lehigh valley has no truck stops to even off set the problem
tamarya August 29, 2012 at 05:12 PM
So let me get this straight emmaus residents want parked trucks banned from the street because you cannot see, however you are all for allowing skateboarders to play in the streets and have no problem driving with them in the road, yes definatly makes sense.
Jeff Brosky August 30, 2012 at 06:44 PM
lets ban the trucksn then we can move unto all RVs campers and boats on the street let us not forget the ower operators of small business roofers plumbers electricians and the medical couriers that all park on the streets since we are that far lets limit the amout or cars to a household just my input
I b a dumba$$ October 19, 2012 at 01:12 PM
If the EMMAUS POLICE would do there JOBS also there may not be as many NON INSPECTED vehicles on the roads, cars, trucks and boats parked more than the normal time ( laws states must be moved in 72 hours? check that... ) gives me great confidence in the EMMAUS POLICE if its there job to serve and protect, to which that includes observe and determine if something don't seem right. guess I only see the stuff if it was my BEAT I think I would SEE whats going on... Funny how the EMMAUS LIBRARY got signs up fast moving the trucks out of the area, and also the the wasted lighted ball field can have parking, ever notice the parks never seem to have any day games but tons of lighted games anymore, who pays for those lights for a few select people, let them pay or get up early and play! You want the real PROBLEM NO DAM COMMON SENSE all POLITICS... just like the wasted hanycap curbs, and the idiots from the old folks home drive MOTOR powered vehicles down the middle of the streets, and those fancy wasted crosswalks instead of fixing roads for years, oh wait but it free money as the mayor said came from the feds... well idiot mayor I pay FED TAXES also! This spend so they are like crap has got to stop, DO THE BASICS as WE ALL SEEM TO HAVE TO DO IN HARD TIMES... JUST KEEP SPENDING like there is not tommorrow, 150k for a hockey rink I will never go to in crap hole downtown ALLENTOWN! REALLY PEOPLE they told you I78 would change it all and it HAS!!!
Richard Dilcher January 07, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Drive to your job like the rest of us, park your truck at the company you work for and if you are independent then you should have your own land to park!!

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