Trucker upset with bylaw

I would like to know why the Town of Rimbey is adamant to make it impossible for truckers to live here?

Dear Editor:

I would like to know why the Town of Rimbey is adamant to make it impossible for truckers to live here? This time last year truckers had to attempt to fight bylaw 872-11 by attending town meetings and voice our concerns pertaining to parking of vehicles of a gross weight over 5,000 kilograms, which I might add, all of our concerns were completely ignored.

So bylaw 872-11 was passed and only parking on the town’s truck route is available to us.

All year I watched, detached and attached holiday trailers, cargo trailers, RVs, service trucks with licensed gross weight of 5,000 kilograms or more sitting on residential streets, some of which were parked for long periods of time.

I could have reported them, but since I think that bylaw 872-11 is a joke, and actually only aimed at truckers, why report them?

I don’t think any one of them had received tickets, or warnings, but as soon as a semi is not parked on the truck route, there is a peace officer banging on our doors to move it.

I would also like to quickly mention Rimbey’s fine for such violations. Why is it a general fine of $250 to $500 when a city such as Calgary has a fine for the same violation which starts at $75 and, if not paid in 30 days, is $100.

So here we are again, a year later, about to get the only available parking for a lot of us taken way, for snow removal purposes. Since our town representatives are so knowledgeable, please enlighten me how a vehicle under one tonne, is not going to be in the way for snow removal as well?

This is just a theory, my theory, but what I think, is that one or more of our town representatives, maybe the councilor who lives on 51st Street, really has a hate on for truckers and snow removal is just a way to finish pushing us out of town.

Matthew Makofka

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