Brampton staff directed to look for solutions to truck-parking issues in the city

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Published August 17, 2021 at 5:55 pm

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The transportation industry is a key component of Brampton’s economy but, as a whole, there is an unexpected problem cropping up: Parking.

Or, more specifically, the lack of it.

To try to find solutions, Brampton city council approved a motion from regional councillor Gurpreet Singh Dhillon asking staff to figure out a way to increase the city’s truck parking supply.

“In recent years we have seen a large number of our trucking workforce move from the city simply because there has not been enough parking made available to them. We must keep them here,” said Dhillon.

Dhillon pointed out that 12 per cent of jobs and 11 per cent of its gross domestic product is trucking related.

The motion requested staff immediately work with local landowners, the trucking industry, business owners, Region of Peel staff, and area councillors, on increasing truck parking within Brampton and expediting approvals where merited.

“In addition to increasing the truck parking supply, we will also be forming a trucking committee at the Peel Region comprised of all industry stakeholders to ensure issues like this, and other trucking related issues, will be heard by accordingly,” said Dhillon.

“Our drivers are essential to our economy, and we must make sure that their voice is being heard.”

Brampton is also home to the Canadian National Railway’s largest Intermodal Terminal, servicing more than 2,000 trucks daily.

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