Killeen: Truck parking ordinance meets some pushback

A city ordinance in Killeen is causing problems for truckers who say they have nowhere to park after spending days on the road. (Photo by Chelsea Edwards)

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A city ordinance in Killeen is causing problems for truckers who say they have nowhere to park after spending days on the road.

Meant to address noise and safety complaints, the ordinance went into effect last year banning the drivers of 18-wheelers from parking the rigs within 500 feet of residential areas.

But with limited spots set aside by the city and without a designated truck stop like the ones in Salado, truckers are facing fines of $200 plus hundreds in towing fees for breaking the rules, which are forcing some to park where they face other risks such as damage and theft.

“If I’m on the road, I’m going to find wherever I can to get home and get out that truck,” says veteran and truck driver Ricky Peters who has been driving since 2006.

Some drivers are paying as much as $200 a month for limited spots at a handful of storage facilities, and they say those parking rates are on the rise.

Others are taking their chances.

“They're sneak parking,” says driver Shawn Washington.

“You have to park somewhere, take a chance, and check on your truck. It's uncomfortable, but you got to do what you got to do.”

The truckers to whom KWTX spoke say they hope the city sets aside more safe zones for trucks to address the parking problem.

The city didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.