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Cities Banning Trucks and New Truck Stops
Truckers Report ^ | 12/21/12 | Samuel Barradas

Posted on 12/21/2012 6:53:42 PM PST by Domandred

Despite pumping life into every town and city that they haul freight to, truckers are still looked upon as a nuisance by most areas. They think of big trucks as rolling death-machines that bring pollution, noise, and crime to their towns, not realizing that what they really bring is absolutely everything the town needs to survive. Well, yet another city is taking steps to ban these “nuisances” from their streets entirely.

The mayor of Columbiana, Alabama has called for a ban on semi-trucks driving in their downtown area. He says that trucks are the main cause of traffic jams in his city and that truckers often drive over curbs. He was quoted as saying “I really feel like we are doing the city a disservice by allowing these large trucks” to drive in the area.

It seems that it’s not just one man’s misguided quest to turn truckers into a scapegoat, the city council has cast their lot in with the mayor as well. “I think it’s unanimous that everyone agrees if we can keep [truckers] out of the downtown area, we should do it,” the mayor said.

Towns across the country trying to keep trucks of their main streets cause annoying, time wasting, and sometimes dangerous detours, but even more worrying is that towns are now trying to keep truck stops from opening their doors anywhere in the town limits.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: bantrucks; trucks; truckstops
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I'm not long haul driving anymore (got a local gig) but still get trucker news in my email. Saw this earlier today and thought I'd post it.
1 posted on 12/21/2012 6:53:46 PM PST by Domandred
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To: Domandred

I know the stats. Professional truckers, with their truck, are considered at fault about 0.0025% of the time, about 1 out of 400 accidents.

Still, it can be a bit intimidating, if I’m driving in the middle lane and I’ve got two semis on either side driving at the same speed I am, and I can’t go faster. :)


2 posted on 12/21/2012 7:00:52 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Domandred
Maybe truckers should boycott some towns or cities.

Probably only take 2-3 days for the population centers to come begging for supplies.

3 posted on 12/21/2012 7:03:38 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: Domandred

OK, then the city can compensate the truck drivers and the businesses that have to have two vehicles haul instead of one.


4 posted on 12/21/2012 7:03:50 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Jonty30

Makes you feel like you’re running with the big boys. ;-)


5 posted on 12/21/2012 7:04:04 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Domandred
“The mayor of Columbiana, Alabama has called for a ban on semi-trucks driving in their downtown area. He says that trucks are the main cause of traffic jams in his city..”

Okay, how is the mayor going to have food delivered to the grocery stores?

6 posted on 12/21/2012 7:04:40 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: Domandred

Columbiana, Alabama. At the 2010 census the population was 4,197. Who would have thought they were plagued by traffic jams.

I guess they all hit the road at the same time.

I don’t know about Columbiana, but where I live even the Coca Cola trucks are semi’s. The beer trucks are too, now maybe Columbiana doesn’t need Coca Cola, but surely they drink beer.


7 posted on 12/21/2012 7:09:09 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Domandred

Wait! All of those Obama phones are probably shipped by trucks.


8 posted on 12/21/2012 7:15:28 PM PST by Mark (For the first time in my life, I'm no longer proud of my country.)
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To: Bronzy
I've never been to Columbiana, Alabama but I can imagine that some cities might reasonably want to restrict long rigs in parts of the city, without any overall prejudice against trucks, trucking, or their drivers. It just depends how the city is laid out: width of streets, types of businesses, traffic patterns, pedestrians, etc. If large trucks do not need to make deliveries in a certain part of the downtown, why do they need to be there?

But no denying there are idiot liberals in some places who hate trucks and can not comprehend the consequences if trucks were banned throughout the whole county or country.

9 posted on 12/21/2012 7:19:08 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: doc1019

No. I feel like a soon-to-be-goner, if one decides right there to move into my lane. :)


10 posted on 12/21/2012 7:21:50 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

1. Trucks can drive in lane 1 where you drive?
2. If you’re in lane 2 and not passing the people in lane 3, why are you in lane 2?
3. If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.


11 posted on 12/21/2012 7:22:06 PM PST by Dartman
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To: Domandred
I lived in Columbiana Ala. as a youngin'.

Had to check our gunbelts at the door to the (private) kindergarten.

Heard they have an illegal immigrant problem now. It's difficult to believe that they could possibly have an issue with semi's.

12 posted on 12/21/2012 7:23:21 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Domandred
Seen any of Wal Mart's new "high cube" rigs?


13 posted on 12/21/2012 7:24:28 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Paladin2
If the mayor told me they had a semi issue, I'd tell him "get out'a town".

He should move to Chicago.

14 posted on 12/21/2012 7:26:10 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Dartman

Where I live, we don’t have specific trucking lanes.


15 posted on 12/21/2012 7:27:43 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Dartman

2. Perhaps it’s because the vehicle in front of me is not allowing me the speed to pass.

3. I drive a small car.


16 posted on 12/21/2012 7:30:26 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: nascarnation

Don’t think they’ve made it out here yet. We have two distribution centers near here but I haven’t seen that type of truck.


17 posted on 12/21/2012 7:30:46 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: Dartman
" If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch. "

Turbo-Diesels rule, even if it is in a car.

18 posted on 12/21/2012 7:32:31 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Domandred

“Cities Banning Trucks and New Truck Stops”

Nothing to be worried about here.

Truckers and trucking companies should just withdraw from delivering to those cities.

Problem solved.


19 posted on 12/21/2012 7:38:34 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: Paladin2

And Dodge Cumins Pick-amup Trucks!


20 posted on 12/21/2012 7:39:33 PM PST by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012! Allez Pack!)
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To: steve86

I see big rigs all around big box stores and grocery stores in my city. They don’t bother me. I like the goods they truck in for consumers.


21 posted on 12/21/2012 7:40:49 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: TaMoDee

Since Dodge is the only “domestic” vendor offering TD’s with manual transmissions, I’ve got one lined up as my last new vehicle (I’m older than dirt).


22 posted on 12/21/2012 7:43:01 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Bronzy

They don’t bother me either; I like big iron and some of the stuff they bring in also. All of which has nothing to do with the comment I posted.


23 posted on 12/21/2012 7:44:04 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: Jonty30
Still, it can be a bit intimidating, if I’m driving in the middle lane and I’ve got two semis on either side driving at the same speed I am, and I can’t go faster. :)

Try it on a motorcycle :). Seriously, I've been there. It's like having your own personal little canyon to ride in. I worry some about "gator tail".

24 posted on 12/21/2012 7:57:57 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Paladin2

Yup, I put 348,000mi on my 1996 Dodge Cumins and then 2 years ago found a 2006 with very low mileage, 32,258mi. I bought it for $30,000 and it was loaded with everything by the previous owner. I’ll be 90yo if I drive this one as along as I drove the 1996. Check out CARMAX for a PU.


25 posted on 12/21/2012 8:02:03 PM PST by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012! Allez Pack!)
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To: Domandred
Downtown Columbiana


26 posted on 12/21/2012 8:04:46 PM PST by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: steve86

Maybe I did not understand your comment. You did say:”But no denying there are idiot liberals in some places who hate trucks and can not comprehend the consequences if trucks were banned throughout the whole county or country.”


27 posted on 12/21/2012 8:07:45 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: Domandred

I don’t doubt that they will ban them too. And then whine when everything goes up in price (even faster than it is now!).


28 posted on 12/21/2012 8:09:07 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: FReepaholic

Yes. I can clearly see they have a major traffic problem...


29 posted on 12/21/2012 8:09:22 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: FReepaholic

OMG there is a stoplight. I don’t remember that.


30 posted on 12/21/2012 8:17:48 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: tacticalogic
"Try it on a motorcycle :). Seriously, I've been there. It's like having your own personal little canyon to ride in."

We actually tested for that situation using a radar/vision ID system. At least no advanced vehicle will crash into you from behind. ;-)

31 posted on 12/21/2012 8:21:47 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Jonty30

You can drive slower. Seriously, have you ever seen the force of a truck tire blowout? I don’t drive next to them unless passing.


32 posted on 12/21/2012 8:37:52 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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To: nascarnation

Hey Walmart, the '70s called. They want their cab-overs.

The good thing about driving a cab-over is if you're involved in an accident you're the first one on the scene.

33 posted on 12/21/2012 8:42:26 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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To: steve86
I can imagine that some cities might reasonably want to restrict long rigs in parts of the city

That is generally true but usually trucks are allowed to make deliveries in the in No Truck areas, not just drive through.

This could be an opportunity for a distribution company with step vans and bobtails.

34 posted on 12/21/2012 8:47:43 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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To: Domandred

Prosperity and success are the twin evils of modern times.

They are being extinguished.


35 posted on 12/21/2012 8:50:10 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Bronzy

Downtown Columbiana is like one street about 1/4 mile long.


36 posted on 12/21/2012 8:52:47 PM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too... @Onelifetogive)
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To: FReepaholic

The trucks must stop on the street to make deliveries...this usually happens because the gubmint doesn’t have the funds to maintain the alley behind the stores....eventually they become impassable.

This main street looks to be at least a hundred years old...might have even had a dirt street and wood sidewalks at one point. That entire century trucks and wagons have been making deliveries to these stores...but all of the sudden nobody can figure out how to do it? If I see a truck parked in the street, I wait for the opportunity and just drive around it....wow.


37 posted on 12/21/2012 8:53:27 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Domandred

Too many idiots are getting elected to office all over the Nation at every level of public service. This means of course that too many idiots are running for office, which in turn means public service is no longer envisioned as an esprit de corps so to speak, thus draws less than quality candidates for the constituency to rationalize.


38 posted on 12/21/2012 8:53:43 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: TaMoDee

***** “And Dodge Cumins Pick-amup Trucks!” ******

Yeppers , I have me one of those and it took me 2 hours to find a place to park in Memphis ... the Police Dept let me use their Parking lot for 1 Hour ... ended up getting a Handicap placard and parking in front of the Hotel (Truck wouldn’t fit in the Parking Garage)

Needless to say I walked for the entire week I was there

TT


39 posted on 12/21/2012 8:57:04 PM PST by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: Bronzy
Problem solved. The future is here!:


40 posted on 12/21/2012 9:06:11 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Onelifetogive

Okay, do people buy food there? Goods and food trucks have to deliver somewhere near.


41 posted on 12/21/2012 9:08:38 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: Domandred

The next thing is they will try to ban airplanes because they create an eyesore against the pristine blue sky and have such a nasty sound.


42 posted on 12/21/2012 9:12:19 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: nascarnation

Gotta love cab overs.. If you drive with out your belt on you can get a birds eye view of the wreck.


43 posted on 12/21/2012 9:12:54 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Boogieman

LOL> Our Indianapolis mayor {Republican} has screwed up our great streets with bike lanes.


44 posted on 12/21/2012 9:13:42 PM PST by Bronzy
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To: nascarnation

That is one impressive truck. I would feel high on the status pile being able to drive one of them.


45 posted on 12/21/2012 9:14:56 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: cableguymn

LOL, I wuz always in favor of having the wreck occur WAY OVER THERE.


46 posted on 12/21/2012 9:16:29 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Domandred

This is somewhat akin to towns that died in the 1800’s for not wanting the railroad in their town. Maroons


47 posted on 12/21/2012 9:57:14 PM PST by Figment
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To: Venturer

“maybe Columbiana doesn’t need Coca Cola, but surely they drink beer.”

We’re talking a small town in the south, they may be “dry”


48 posted on 12/21/2012 10:01:04 PM PST by Figment
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To: steve86

“I’ve never been to Columbiana, Alabama but I can imagine that some cities might reasonably want to restrict long rigs in parts of the city, without any overall prejudice against trucks, trucking, or their drivers. It just depends how the city is laid out: width of streets, types of businesses, traffic patterns, pedestrians, etc. If large trucks do not need to make deliveries in a certain part of the downtown, why do they need to be there?

But no denying there are idiot liberals in some places who hate trucks and can not comprehend the consequences if trucks were banned throughout the whole county or country. “

Not a lot of info about the town to go on. Are they on a US Highway? probably not on an Interstate. At that size they probably don’t have a bypass. A town that size should welcome the truck traffic. There are some small towns in this area on US64 that all have signs in town “NO Jake Brakes” it comes with your territory


49 posted on 12/21/2012 10:09:49 PM PST by Figment
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To: nascarnation

Looks like a short haul truck. It’s long but there’s no sleeper


50 posted on 12/21/2012 10:13:48 PM PST by Figment
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