Politics & Government

Pierce County Council tweaks ban on overnight, big-rig parking

The Pierce County Council on Tuesday modified its recent ban on overnight parking of commercial semis and trailers so that it no longer applies to large passenger trucks.

The council adopted the ban on July 15 and later learned that the weight threshold of vehicles greater than 10,001 pounds includes some large passenger trucks. They were not intended to be included in the prohibition.

The new language bans overnight parking of “any semi-trailer, trailer, tractor, truck tractor, box truck or commercial vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 16,001 pounds” within the public right of way. The prohibition also includes any trailer more than 20 feet long.

The ban, which aims to reduce safety hazards, applies between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in unincorporated residential areas primarily within urban growth areas.

Because of the revision, the effective date was changed from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1.