As America calls on it’s truckers to haul critical resupply items and panicked buyers buy up everything on shelves, one company is seemingly doing their part to mess that up, and make a profit!
Buckhead Parking Enforcement, a Georgia based company is booting trucks who park in a parking lot in Ft. Paine, Alabama. While we would normally say agree that this is private property and a company has the right to do what they want on private property, including restricting who parks there, we are facing an unprecedented National Emergency where truckers are not able to pick and choose where they stop to eat as most places are closed due to COVID-19 pandemic. We have covered in great detail the stories of drivers having difficulty finding safe parking after rest stops and travel centers are forced to close. Social distancing policies are in place restricting dine-in with restaurants.
According to one post on social media yesterday, which has been shared over 3,800 times ” Lil truck stop was full across the street, so two drivers parked to go in and get some food at one of the few restaurants here—while they can. came out to $500 boots,” said the poster.
Freight Broker Live reached out to the towing company to get a statement. We were directed to their website to read a statement that companies who are hauling as part of relief efforts need to show the company proof that is what they are hauling, and the boot will be removed. Freight Broker Live attempted to find anything on their website that said this, and was unable to. When we asked the woman who answered the main office number what was needed, she said simply “paperwork” showing the freight the trucker is hauling is part of the relief efforts. When I asked what paperwork that was, she did not answer.
This is just another challenge that drivers are facing each and every day they are on the road. It is wrong and we can do better.