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Families hurt by truck rule

I am writing concerning the Aug. 20 news article (“Oversized vehicles may get kicked out of neighborhoods”) about how oversized vehicles should not be parked in the residential area. My husband and I own our own commercial truck. We depend on this vehicle for our income, and without being able to park in our driveway, we could not see much of each other and our children would not see their father much, either.

What would people do without the commercial truck, tow truck, dump trucks, etc.? This is ridiculous that this person feels that it is an eyesore and brings down the value of the property. If it weren’t for the trucks, who would get the product to the stores for her to purchase and tow her vehicle if it broke down? Does she know that the truck stops charge a price to park, which in turn takes away from the money we could use to buy food and clothes for our children? Does she know that Flying J is supposed to be going out of business, which means there will be only one small truck stop here in Federal Way that only accommodates 10 to 12 vehicles, if that, and that is limited to a two-hour parking time with no overnight parking?

How would she feel if we told her she could not park her car in her driveway or that she could not plant certain plants in her garden?

This is not fair to the drivers who own their house but have no place to leave their truck. The City Council needs to rethink this new proposed code.

Janelle Massingill

Federal Way

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