Residents lodge complaints about heavy trucks

HEAVY trucks parked in Smithfield are creating serious problems, Councillor Lawrence White told the last Fairfield Council meeting.

He said several residents had phoned him and complained.

"Whilst most vehicles appear overweight by regulation and are a potential to creating further potholes in local streets, they are often parked dangerously near intersections and roundabouts, providing an unsafe environment," he said.

"They carry offensive materials that often leak on to the road surface, which then lead to street drains, and owners of these vehicles reportedly start them about 5am and create a noise nuisance."

He said the vehicles involved included furniture removal trucks, scrap metal lorries, car carriers, and sand and soil bogies with trailers.

"These vehicles are large, and very large vehicles mostly used in industrial applications should not be parked in residential streets," Cr White said.

He called on the council to consider a co-ordinated campaign to rid the streets of these trucks.

He asked whether council rangers could search the trucks and offer warnings or penalties, or whether there could be a dial-in number to report problems.

The council is investigating.

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