In order to preserve the "residential character of neighborhoods," the city of Dearborn announced Friday that it is stepping up enforcement of its ordinance regulating commercial vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods.
Per Dearborn's Code of Ordinances, commercial vehicles parked illegally in these areas are subject to $60 citations ($30 if paid within three business days).
According to Dearborn officials, a recent four-day sweep of the city resulted in the issuance of 164 citations for commercial vehicles in violation of the parking ordinance.
“Dearborn residents want a safe city where people obey the laws,” said Police Commander Jimmy Solomon.
In increasing numbers, Solomon described, residents have told police that their quality of life is being affected by commercial vehicles, including semi-trucks, parked in their neighborhoods and along roadways.
“They tell us about big box trucks and semi-trucks, sometimes parked overnight, in driveways, side streets and even on main streets," he added. "These vehicles generate safety issues by blocking drivers’ views, as well as creating noise issues when left running."
The Traffic and Motor Vehicles section of Dearborn’s Code of Ordinances states that it is “unlawful for any person to park any commercial vehicle on any residential street within the City or upon private property within a residential area of the City.”
Further, it is “unlawful for any person to park any commercial vehicle on any nonresidential street for a period of time longer than one hour between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. of any day.”
People whose jobs require them to use a commercial vehicle and be on call 24-hours a day may apply for a permit through Dearborn’s Traffic Commission.
A processing fee of $50 and proof of employment are required. Details are found in Section 18-356 (Parking of Commercial Vehicles) of Dearborn’s Code of Ordinances.
Additional information may be obtained from the Dearborn Police Traffic Bureau at 313-943-2275.