|Trucks on Daniels Avenue in Annandale.|
The side streets and service roads of central Annandale are often lined with large commercial trucks. They take up parking spaces for people trying to visit restaurants and shops and they make walking around less pleasant, but they aren’t illegal. There are restrictions for parking large trucks in residential areas, but not in areas zoned commercial.
“It’s a huge problem,” say Roy McCracken, commander of American Legion Bicentennial Post 1776, about the dump trucks, tractor-trailers, and other large trucks that are always parked in front of the post on Daniels Avenue.
The post only has 18 spaces in its parking lot, so the spaces in front of the building are important, McCracken says, especially for veterans with disabilities or need easy access.
McCracken has complained to the police but says he was told there’s nothing they can do about it. He’s never seen anyone driving them. Once he taped a sign asking the owner to move a truck; it was moved a short way down the street.
Bob Otten, traffic enforcement supervisor for the Fairfax County Police says he is familiar with the complaints on Daniels Avenue and nearby streets.
“The trucks are registered to owners in the area. Unfortunately, none of the commercial trucks parked there are in violation of the law because the area is zoned commercial,” Otten says.
Since the first year of the year, police have issued approximately 50 parking citations to vehicles of all types in the area for expired licenses, blocking fire hydrants, or other violations, he says.
|A shopping center parking lot off Little River Turnpike in central Annandale.|