Trucks no longer allowed to park in Brasschaat
The Brasschaat municipal administration is working on a regulation that prohibits trucks from parking within the city boundaries due to the number of vehicles that are causing problems.
Parking is allowed
According to Mayor Jan Jambon (N-VA), residents are increasingly complaining about trucks parked everywhere, which is causing problems. Mayor Jan Jambon confirms that the city council is working with the police on a regulation that forces truck drivers to park outside the territory of Brasschaat. “At the moment, no regulations are stating that a truck cannot park at a place in a street,” Jambon explains. “But we realize that this is not always acceptable for the residents.”
After all, drivers park their trucks where they can find a place in the evening. It is often in a residential street, which can cause problems for the residents. Moreover, the residents also point out dangerous situations. Six years ago, another fatal accident took place in Brasschaat when a car crashed into a parked truck at the ‘De Groene Jager’ party hall. Jambon refers to the neighboring municipality: “There is parking for trucks in Sint-Job. The drivers can park there.”
First total ban
Brasschaat would be the first municipality in Flanders to prohibit trucks from parking throughout its territory. In some districts, a similar ban has been in place for some time, but it only applies to the center. Outside these areas, there are industrial zones where trucks can still park.
The municipalities around Brasschaat do not immediately expect the parking problem to shift, because several cities already have a ban on parking trucks in the center of the village.
Moving the problem?
Jambon also refers to the neighboring municipality Sint-Job: “There is parking for trucks. The drivers can park there.” Some drivers also park their trucks in the harbor. Isabelle De Maegt of Febetra, the organization of Belgian transporters, finds it remarkable that Jan Jambon refers drivers to truck parking areas. “We see that more and more municipalities are introducing a parking ban. But the truck parks are not being extended, while they are already crowded,” De Maegt concludes.