Apr 22, 2016
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In an effort to prohibit large commercial vehicles from stealing multiple parking spaces and obstructing views at intersections, the San Pablo City Council on Tuesday approved increasing restrictions.

In the first of two votes, council unanimously favored changing city ordinance to prohibit vehicles 6 feet or more in height from parking within 100 feet of an intersection, and to also ban vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds from parking anywhere along city roads from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

City officials hope the new rules will keep massive trucks from stealing parking spaces in areas like Giant Road, San Pablo Dam Road or Contra Costa College, where parking is a premium. They also hope the streets will be safer when the large trucks are not blocking views at intersections.

The new rules add to existing restrictions on commercial vehicles, which are already prohibited from parking on any residential street. But existing rules allow vehicles such as big rigs to park for one hour on non-residential streets from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

With the ordinance amendment, large vehicles would be able to park for one hour from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., but are prohibited from parking along city roads from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Banning parking for that four-hour period will assist with police enforcement, since officers on patrol will no longer have to determine whether vehicles have exceeded the one-hour time limit, city officials said.

Owners of the large vehicle will be given a grace period to get used to the new rules and signage.

“Parking is at a premium in San Pablo,” said Kevin McCourt, engineering aid for the City of San Pablo. “It’s important to keep the parking for the intended use.”


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.