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Parking tickets irk Raleigh delivery drivers

Posted May 16, 2008
Updated May 17, 2008

— Tight parking in downtown Raleigh has long been a bane to people with appointments at offices in the central business district or those seeking a night on the town. Add delivery drivers to the list of people upset with the lack of space to park their trucks.

"I promise you, it's a problem," said Montgomery Jackson, a driver for UPS, who was cited Friday for parking illegally. "I pulled into the same spot that I've always been pulling in and had a ticket 20 minutes later in the same place I've been parking for years."

According to city records, UPS drivers received at least 147 parking tickets in Raleigh last year, more than double the 66 issued in 2001. FedEx drivers were ticketed at least 66 times in 2007, compared with 38 six years earlier.

UPS spokesman Dan McMackin said the city is using more stringent enforcement than in years past.

"We're trying to move commerce and make service on our deliveries. There aren't enough parking spaces (or) loading zones," McMackin said. "(The drivers are) trying to find ways (to make deliveries) without having to double park."

The company has raised its concerns with Raleigh officials, but City Council members indicated they are leery of taking any action, such as adding loading zones downtown.

"It seems to me that some of their concerns are a little bit hollow," Councilman Philip Isley said. "It is a challenge, but given what we saw, there do appear to be ample commercial loading zones."

A city report noted that delivery drivers often choose not to park in loading zones if they are not close to their destinations.

"It's making it dangerous," Jackson said of parking far from a delivery. "Crossing streets, it's a problem."

"Unfortunately, he's going to have to park in that area, take out his dolly and make the delivery," Isley said.

A comprehensive study on downtown parking would include the loading-zone issue, officials said.


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  • airbornegirl16 May 16, 2008

    Downtown is the worst place to park for anyone. You're right, we need a new mayor and new council members in Raleigh. The current city government has become so fixed on making Raleigh look good cosmetically that they fail to think about the logistics of making a growing city run effectively. Basically they have been at the top and have turned deaf to our concerns.

  • nisa-pizza May 16, 2008

    Maybe city officials should visit another city to see how they handle things. Brilliant idea huh?

    As for the mass transit issue, if I recall correctly the Federal government decided that they wouldn't give the money to subsidize a rail system for this area when asked because they didn't think the area's population would support the ridership. That was no more than 2 or 3 year ago.

    From some of the comments when this issue came up before there were plenty of people here who agreed with that assessment.

    Of course they didn't see this gas crisis coming. If they had then we'd be much closer to a rail system then we are now. I doubt that many people would object to building a rail system now like they did on this forum the last time the issue was raised.

    I'd gladly drive to a depot nearby rather than drive all the way into town and save hundreds of dollars in gas in the meantime. My how times have change in a couple of years.

  • colliedave May 16, 2008

    It looks as if the city is looking for ways to make a quick buck.

  • iamforjustice May 16, 2008

    Just get the name of the ticketer and give him the package to deliver. Then that will solve a lot of the problems. I am pretty sure he/she will get tired. Less ticketing and more delivering.

  • districtcadvocate May 16, 2008

    The parking attendants are nasty acting, rude, vindicative and the worse emmissaries we could have welcoming new people into our brand new downtown. If I were FedEx or UPS, I would just double park.

    What gets me are those new digital parking meters @ city hall. Why didn't they program them to take enough money to last for a council or committee meeting. we got some real bright parking meter planners planning parking meters around here. (peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers)


  • GWALLY May 16, 2008

    I agree....if UPS, FedEx, DHL were to get together and simply say no more deliveries at all untill the problem is fixed.....the tennants downtown would scream and the problem would get resolved and I mean like overnight!!! Government only works (unfortunately) when the spot light of stupidity shines "brightly" on them!!!!

  • iamforjustice May 16, 2008

    Raleigh has one of the worst downtowns of any city in America. It is very far behind times. It needs revamping. Forget the tall buildings....you are adding more people and NO parking and no transit service. We need to get a new mayor and new city council members. This is ridiculous.

  • sundown4789 May 16, 2008

    Having worked for fedex in the past Raleigh is the worst downtown area I ever had to deliver to and I was driving a tractor-trailer.The city officials should have to go to the hub to get their deliveries.