Springfield, IL Walmart Bans Trucks Entirely After City Issues $50k In Fines!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Rocky Mount NC has banned vehicles over 25' or over 10000lbs from parking within city limits. Even on your own property.

Several Walmarts ive spoken to have stated that they have no problem with trucks parking. Drivers usually buy lots of supplies and are good customers. But the towns will come in and ticket or boot the trucks based on town ordnances.

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Marc I can’t agree with this completely.

If a Walmart manager or assistant manager offers permission to park on their property it’s with knowledge and understanding that local ordinances allow it.

There are a handful of stores that we cannot take the 10 hour break on their properties.

The managers know the laws and will direct a driver to the best parking area; usually on the side or behind the store.

Maybe G. But neither mentioned that as the reason. And it was not one of the "obvious" restrictions (Bike Week... Air Venture, etc.). The impression I got was that they simply didn't want to permit it. In at least one case they had to call the Manager to ask. (I understand they keep really early hours and I am rarely going to actually ever meet one in-store!).

Just my limited experience.

Also... I believe when they are trying to be helpful and it is a legal thing they tend to say things like "we can't allow that here but I think store "X" does." These did not go anything like that!

Just sayin'!

Sid V.'s Comment
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The funny thing is Springfield is the Capital, so to get anything done with your cdl it goes through Springfield and a lot of it you have to show up in person.

I had to go renew my plates for my truck a couple months ago, drop my trailer at the nearest truck stop and bobtail into the heart of downtown. I was waiting for the police to gun me down.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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My need to park at a WalMart lot is very minimal. I’ve done it twice once with a trailer and once bobtail. Both times I went in to ask permission, as per company policy, but before I sought out the manager I did my shopping and then put some bulky items on top to max out the cart space. Then I found the manager while pushing a very full cart. Both times I received permission. One was at a store with prominent signs saying no truck parking. After I received permission I went back through the store and replaced the items I didn’t want, paid for the ones I did want, and left for my truck. Really don’t know if that tactic did the trick, but it didn’t hurt my cause at all.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Marc Lee's Comment
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My need to park at a WalMart lot is very minimal. I’ve done it twice once with a trailer and once bobtail. Both times I went in to ask permission, as per company policy, but before I sought out the manager I did my shopping and then put some bulky items on top to max out the cart space. Then I found the manager while pushing a very full cart. Both times I received permission. One was at a store with prominent signs saying no truck parking. After I received permission I went back through the store and replaced the items I didn’t want, paid for the ones I did want, and left for my truck. Really don’t know if that tactic did the trick, but it didn’t hurt my cause at all.

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Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

G-Town's Comment
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Rocky Mount NC has banned vehicles over 25' or over 10000lbs from parking within city limits. Even on your own property.

Several Walmarts ive spoken to have stated that they have no problem with trucks parking. Drivers usually buy lots of supplies and are good customers. But the towns will come in and ticket or boot the trucks based on town ordnances.

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Marc I can’t agree with this completely.

If a Walmart manager or assistant manager offers permission to park on their property it’s with knowledge and understanding that local ordinances allow it.

There are a handful of stores that we cannot take the 10 hour break on their properties.

The managers know the laws and will direct a driver to the best parking area; usually on the side or behind the store.

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Maybe G. But neither mentioned that as the reason. And it was not one of the "obvious" restrictions (Bike Week... Air Venture, etc.). The impression I got was that they simply didn't want to permit it. In at least one case they had to call the Manager to ask. (I understand they keep really early hours and I am rarely going to actually ever meet one in-store!).

Just my limited experience.

Also... I believe when they are trying to be helpful and it is a legal thing they tend to say things like "we can't allow that here but I think store "X" does." These did not go anything like that!

Just sayin'!

As a trainee at JBH, how many times did you actually ask for permission?

My reply holds true, however some stores may not allow overnight parking due to space constraints or the land the store is built upon isn’t owned by Walmart.

In the end it is private property. One of the many benefits of running Walmart Dedicated under one of their trailers. Very few stores prohibit us from parking there.

Marc Lee's Comment
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As a trainee at JBH, how many times did you actually ask for permission?

Zero.

My comment was specifically about RV experiences. RV's are covered by a Corporate policy which is available on their web site. Not aware of an official policy on Big Rigs though I believe "lenient" and "tolerant" pretty much sum it up.

G-Town's Comment
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As a trainee at JBH, how many times did you actually ask for permission?

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Zero.

My comment was specifically about RV experiences. RV's are covered by a Corporate policy which is available on their web site. Not aware of an official policy on Big Rigs though I believe "lenient" and "tolerant" pretty much sum it up.

Got it. Thanks.

Solo's Comment
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Thankfully nobody woke me up last night at the Hannibal, MO Walmart. A great nights sleep and a beautiful sunrise.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Thankfully nobody woke me up last night at the Hannibal, MO Walmart. A great nights sleep and a beautiful sunrise.

That can always be a fear. The knock on the door.

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