THE Task Force on Trucking Parking was formed last December with a one-year mandate to develop creative options and implement equitable and sustainable solutions for authorized commercial truck parking within Surrey. With Councillor Mandeep Nagra as Chair, work to understand and address the issues is underway.
“If there is an industry many of us generally take for granted, it is trucking,” said Nagra. “Yet, every citizen and business relies on trucks to bring us inputs for our businesses or our final products. The movement of goods, and our hard-working truckers, are vital to driving our economy forward.”
He noted that truck parking has been a long-standing dilemma in Surrey, as in other Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley communities.
“Where semi-trailer trucks and other heavy-goods vehicles park, involves multiple issues including land use, environmental and public concerns, and potential bylaw infractions,” said Nagra. “Shaping possible solutions is work that requires the efforts of many to address.”
To generate practical and effective options by fall 2019, getting the input of a wide range of local truckers and stakeholders from the start is key. Understanding their concerns, priorities and ideas for possible solutions is the focus of the first phase of work by the Task Force.
City staff are hosting an Open House on Saturday, March 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Surrey City Hall’s Atrium.
Learn more at www.surrey.ca/truckparking.