Truck ownership in Coral Gables, Florida just got a bit more expensive. According to the Miami Herald, the city is ready to start enforcing a rule that's been on the books since the '60s. Truck owners are not allowed to park their pickups on city streets between 7pm and 7am. The rule doesn't stop at the street, however, because truck owners also aren't allowed to park their vehicles in their own driveways.

The town is currently handing out warning notices to offending truck owners. Beginning August 9th, parking enforcement will start handing out real fines. The first offense will cost you $100, but after that the fine can climb to $500. We would poll you and ask if you think this is outrageous, but we're pretty sure we're mostly in agreement on this one.


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      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do not own a pick-up, nor do I plan to anytime soon, but this has to be quite possibly the DUMBEST rule I have ever heard. Growing up in Florida, rules like these are what annoyed me about living there, except I had only seen them enacted by gated communities, not towns.
      Milwaukee, WY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't own a pickup, but I guess I can still cross this community off my list of possible relocation places. That's a ridiculous NIMBY ordinance. It's no one else's business where one parks their vehicle on their own property.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      What if you don't have a garage?
        Agilis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        What if you have a garage but your truck doesn't fit in the garage?
        Karan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Clearly you've never been to Coral Gables (it's probably a zoning ordinance that all houses have garages.)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
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      mouseRider
      • 3 Years Ago
      This doesn't involve a city government but it also happened in Florida. A homeowners association tried to enforce a similar rule they had and lost the case: http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/civil/flap-over-truck-in-driveway-to-cost-hillsborough-community-187443/1111730 Does putting a cap over the bed make a truck an SUV and thus avoid this rule? :)
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      All about the pensions and how to pay for them: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/02/2141341/pensions-the-hot-issue-in-city.html
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait, didn't AB do a post about this a long time ago? Anywho, sounds like it's HOA BS except in this case, it's by the city. I'm not the biggest fan of full-size pickups, but it wouldn't bother me if my whole street was filled with them. Wonder how the city would feel if the truck owners replaced their $50k+ rigs with a POS Caddy/Lincoln from the late 80s/early 90s since, you know, we wanna show the neighborhood has a little class.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it was a gated community then 'eh ok. This seems to be a legit city unto itself. While the by-law is foolish simply get it repealed. Curious as to why the person in the meantime of this case didnt collect signatures to put the by-law zoning thing to a vote. I'm pretty sure people would vote to repeal it. I can understand big ol' work trucks but any truck is a bit much. That and not even allowing them to park on their own driveway is well absurd. Maybe Coral Gables should look into banning parking of normal ICE cars by making it a offense to park them on the street and driveways. Only Hybrids are allowed to park within the city! ugh!
      David Porter
      • 3 Years Ago
      So where do they park? Some trucks can't even fit in a garage
      • 3 Years Ago
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      citidriver
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are many vehicles out there built and classified as light trucks, and manufacturers have benefited from that classification. This law is from a time before SUVs, etc., shouldn't all of these "trucks" be ticketed as well? btw, it's a ridiculous law regardless of type of vehicle in one's own driveway and should be eliminated.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Soooo shocked a rule this dumb is coming out of FL. /s http://www.gifbin.com/bin/florida.gif
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is going to cost the City big time. People in Coral Gables have their own money to swamp the City with lawsuits for property rights violations. Even if the City wins the cases, winning 1000 cases is going to cost them huge. I can see the property rights lawyers circling now.
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