Back in December of 2012 the City of Coon Rapids in the state of Minnesota issued a new ordinance prohibiting overnight parking of commercial vehicles within its city limits joining the ranks of other U.S. cities that have turned their backs on the drivers of these vehicles, the very same drivers that keep their cities running by supplying much need resources such as produce, dairy products, gasoline……..well let’s just cut to the chase and say anything that exists within their city was delivered at some point by commercial truck.
Normally this type of thing doesn’t make any type of headlines however the City of Coon Rapids is quite literally right outside my door and some of the residents of the fine City of Coon Rapids have taken up their own style of tactics of harassing and bullying professional drivers as noted in the following photo (courtesy of S. Weber).
Please click on the picture to enlarge or read the quoted text below.
READ SIGN POSTED NO OVER NIGHT PARKING IN THIS SHOPPING CENTER LOT
FYI! THE COON-RAPIDS CITY COUNCIL PASSTED A ORDENANCE THIS SPRING TO
CRACK DOWN ON ALL SEMI TRUCKS ETC PARKING IN ANY OF OUR SHOPPING DISTRICS.
THE POLICE DEPT WILL KNOW ISSUE EXPENSIVE TICKETS. JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER
FOR YOU. FIND A NEW CITY TO PARK YOUR RIG. WE DO NOT LIKE THESE EYE SORES IN OUR CITY.
FYI! I HAVE CALLED THE POLICE.”
Now I would feel pretty safe in saying that the city didn’t bother to educate its residents about the laws and regulations that commercial drivers are required to operate under when they passed this ordinance and it’s also pretty safe to say that the particular resident that left the note above wasn’t educated in so much as basic remedial English composition so be real proud of that little work of literary excellence Coon Rapids natives.
Since the citizens of Coon Rapids and city council all seem to agree that trucks have no place in their city and they would rather have drivers operate trucks while fatigued on their roads, it is the opinion of the author and the opinion of many other professional truck drivers that maybe Coon Rapids no longer needs freight delivered to its retailers and it’s residents should look into other avenues for acquiring daily needs items and resources that are delivered by truck every single day throughout their community .They clearly are of the opinion that trucks and the drivers that operate them are not needed and are merely second-rate human beings. So let’s make sure and let Coon Rapids and it’s citizens know just how we feel about them and their anti-truck stance. Please feel free to leave a message for them using any of the following options.
City of Coon Rapids Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/CityofCoonRapidsMinnesota?fref=ts
City of Coon Rapids website http://www.ci.coon-rapids.mn.us/
City of Coon Rapids City Hall
11155 Robinson Drive
Coon Rapids, MN 55433