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New Regulations for Oversized Vehicle Parking

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Large commercial vehicles are often parked in driveways or neighborhood streets. | Image by 5 NBC DFW

New regulations have been proposed for oversized vehicle parking in Dallas residential neighborhoods.

Large commercial vehicles are often parked in driveways or neighborhood streets, but many of those instances are illegal under city code.

However, according to some city officials, those rules are difficult to enforce due to outdated language.

“There are a lot of complaints about our inability to enforce our current code because it is very confusing,” said Councilmember Omar Narvaez.

Narvaez serves on the Dallas’ Quality of Life, Arts, and Culture Committee. On Tuesday, the committee unanimously endorsed an update to those rules which aim to define which commercial vehicles are restricted more clearly.

The new update defines an oversized vehicle as (a) any vehicle designed to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver; (b) any trailer or semi-trailer that is more than 20 feet long, more than 7 feet wide, or more than 9 feet tall; or (c) any vehicle weighing more than 15,000 pounds, including but not limited to dump trucks, tractor trucks, concrete mixing trucks, and flatbed tow trucks.

Code Enforcement Assistant Director Jeremy Reed said the update is modeled after the regulations in Fort Worth.

“The suggestion here is to actually have an oversized vehicle definition and then put the section of code that says we don’t allow the following on the fronts of apartment buildings,” he said.

Dallas resident Edgar Roberson said he supports the City enforcing restrictions on commercial vehicles.

“I think they should do it to the point that it keeps the neighborhood in good quality,” he said. “You can write the rules clearly so people won’t be asking 20 questions about it.”

However, other residents said they should be able to park whatever vehicles they want on their property.

“It’s our property, we should have whatever we want in the yard,” said Darla Gonzalez whose husband uses a commercial vehicle for his construction job. “I don’t know what they want us to do, to pay for storage? Even though we pay taxes and everything.”

Gonzalez asserted that the effort to restrict commercial vehicles is unjust and that the City should focus on more important problems like crime.

“There’s a lot of crime and we call them and they don’t come,” she said.

Public hearings will be held over the updated rules, after which the proposed changes will be reviewed by the Dallas Plan Commission before being voted on by the city council.

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Dean Curtis
Dean Curtis
1 month ago

yep make it harder for the people who deliver EVERYTHING we need to have any semblance of a normal life. As the nation suffers from a driver shortage and severe supply line shortages. lets add one more reason not to be a truck driver. also will create issues on freight as truckers wont want to deliver to Dallas for not being truck friendly..

Hellion
Hellion
1 month ago

Residential streets are not parking lots for large trucks. And just because you pay property taxes that’s not a free pass to do whatever. Please, let’s not turn this into Mexico yet.

T.C
T.C
1 month ago

Yes, I truly agree that Dallas has many more problems they could be tending to besides truck parking. For all the taxes they collect on trucks, they should be able to park anywhere. Also, when you own your own property, you should be able to park your vehicle on it. Trucks provide an abundance of jobs nationwide. Cities do not have enough designated parking for these trucks so what are the owners supposed to do? enlighten me… p.s. for those council members who vote for new ordinance, let get them out of office because they don’t know how to prioritize what this city needs.

Margaret Lansdowne
Margaret Lansdowne
1 month ago

Is it legal to park an RV on private property? What’s the difference?

Dettron Tucker
Dettron Tucker
1 month ago

No one with the power is trying to help America and the citizens, seems like the goal is find ways to take more money or make you spend more money