Ban the big rigs
An 18-wheeler truck parks and takes the space of three or four cars in a no-parking zone near my home to deliver one or two small boxes to a restaurant. This is happening on a daily basis. I have observed similar deliveries being made all over the downtown area of Halifax by 18-wheelers.
Enough already! Such deliveries should be made by small panel trucks: 18-wheelers need to be banned on the peninsula of Halifax. They are dangerous, take up precious space when parked, make excessive noise with their diesel motors and are totally unnecessary. Have you ever observed an 18-wheeler negotiating the turn at Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road? Most times the rear of the vehicle crosses over the sidewalk, which is full of pedestrians, strollers, walkers, etc. This is an unacceptable risk to the safety of our citizens.
A truck route needs to be established which can be used by 18-wheelers to go between the container ports and the highway. If they are required, in exceptional situations, to bring large loads into the downtown, a fee should be charged and the vehicle should be under escort to ensure our safety. This will encourage the transporters to make the loads efficient and less frequent.
I have spoken to mayor Mike Savage and my councillor Waye Mason about this, and both agreed with me regarding the noise and the serious safety issues. I challenge them and the other HRM councillors to move into an action mode on this one before it is too late.
—Suzanne Hastings-James, Halifax