MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - From the moment Midland City Councilman J.Ross Lacy stepped into the citizens patrol van on August 14, it was apparent big rigs parking on private property was an issue he was passionate about.
"Not only are they tearing up our infrastructure but its an eyesore for the citizens of our great city," said Lacy.
On a trip down Rankin highway, dozens of empty of semi-trucks littered private lots and parking lots including the Wal-Mart near I-20, a business where signage was clearly posted that truck parking was not permitted.
"Most drivers are doing it as convenience, it allows them to just kinda park and walk home well that is bothering the citizens of Midland," said Lacy.
As I filmed in accompany with police officers and the councilman, several truckers dispersed, which Lacy believed was a clear example of why we need an ordinance.
"They scattered like flies, they're making excuses up, and that shows they know they're not supposed to be there, that's why we're admitting this ordinance so we have the enforcement tools to fine them or impound them."
Officials hope to have the ordinance in effect by Oct. 1.
Those who violate the ordinance will be subject to a $500 fine.
In order to enforce the ordinance, businesses will have to put up the proper no parking signage.