Truckers protest in Surrey over lack of parking

You may see a large number of big rigs near the Pattullo Bridge in Surrey Wednesday, as members of the Canadian Trucking Association of BC rally to raise awareness about what they describe as a lack of truck parking in the Lower Mainland.

The group says additional parking for large trucks is urgently needed, to the tune of about 2,000 more spaces in Surrey and Langley. In the Lower Mainland overall, the CTA-BC says at least 5,000 more parking spaces are needed.

“Truckers are the backbone of the local economy, delivering food and almost every other kind of goods we buy. But many operators have nowhere legal to park their rigs at night, and often incur large fines when they’re forced to park in non-designated areas,” the CTA-BC said in a release Wednesday.

The rally is set to begin at 1 p.m. at the Aria Banquet Hall in Surrey, near Scott Road and King George Boulevard.

The CTA-BC says it has proposed solutions to some municipalities, though it claims they “have yet to tackle this large-scale problem that has dragged on for years.”

The group is pleading with governments and planners to come together to find a way to increase spaces in the Lower Mainland.

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