House Bill 479 aims to increase fines for truck drivers who park in residential parking, increasing fines up to $2,000.
Currently, the bill is waiting on action from Delaware Gov. John Carney after it went through the General Assembly unopposed.
“Staff from the governor’s office usually reach out to the chief clerk of the House for House bills and secretary of the Senate for Senate bills, and request the legislation for the governor to sign,” the General Assembly spokesperson told Transport Topics. “At the point of pick up, the 10-day countdown begins, and we are notified. If the governor has failed to act on presented legislation within 10 days, the legislation will go into effect.”
“With the more warehouses being built we’re going to have more traffic with these trucks, but we want them to be respectful and, in turn, we can be respectful as well,” Sen. Nicole Poore (D) said during a Senate Transportation Committee meeting.
What are the current fees?
Parking fees in Delaware range from $10 to $25, with HB 479, these prices would jump to $100 to $500.
The first violation of weight and size parking restrictions could climb from no less than $100 up to $500.
Additional violations would range from $400 to $2,000, with the current fee standing in the range of $115 to $575.
Who supports the bill?
The main sponsor for HB 479 is Rep. Valerie Longhurst and with notable cosponsors: Sens. Spiros Mantzavinos, Marie Pinkney, and Bryan Townsend as well as Reps. William Bush, Sherae’a Moore, Paul Baumbach, Kendra Johnson, Edward Osienski, Michael Ramone, Daniel Short and Madinah Wilson-Anton. Ramone and Short were the only Republican backers of the bill.
The bill passed in the Senate on June 28 with 21 votes, and passed in the House with 40 votes and only one dissenting vote.
Delaware has a total of 12 parking locations for trucks, two rest stops, and 10 private truck stops totaling 337 truck parking spots.
The Delaware Department of Transportation said in a 2021 report that they have taken notice of the limited parking and they have noted specific projects and policies to increase this.
The 2021 report, outlining the state plan to increase truck driver parking does not give a date as to when they predict an increase in parking spaces.
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