Twelve truck permit holders were in attendance Tuesday night when Uvalde City Council unanimously voted to correct a clerical error that indicated local truckers could not park loaded vehicles on their private property.
City staff recommended fixing the ordinance because they recognize there is an economic need for truck drivers to bring home a loaded trailer in order to maximize the number of loads they can haul per day.
Recently, a truck permit holder brought the issue to city staff during an attempt to renew a permit. Renewal applications are due at city hall by April 15.
When the original June 2015 ordinance was amended in November of that same year to allow unloaded fuel trucks to park on private property with a permit, the new wording indicated all trucks must be unloaded.
“In listening to the tape of that meeting, it is clear that, at least at the Oct. 27 meeting, the discussion of empty trailers was about fuel trucks,” said Vince DiPiazza, city manager.
Per the ordinance, trucks parked on private property must have current inspection, insurance and registration, and be operational. Disregarding the ordinance is punishable by a fine of up to $500, and each day of non-compliance will be considered a separate offense. As of Tuesday, 33 affected truck owners possessed permits.
Santa Perez, a truck permit holder, addressed council requesting that city staff provide copies of the ordinance to permit holders at the time of renewal.