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Gables Night-Time Truck Ban Begins In 90 Days

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CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami.com) – Truck owners in Coral Gables consider this your 90 day warning.

Beginning on February 8th, 2012 parking trucks in driveways, on streets or in other public areas between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. is prohibited. Those caught violating the law will be fined $100 for the first offense and up to $500 for each subsequent violation. The only legal place to park a truck in a residential or commercial area during the night-time hours is inside a garage, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

This law applies not only to Coral Gables residents but to anyone who drives a truck visiting the city after dark.

The parking ban has been on the books for since the 1960s. In 2003, Lowell Kuvin sued the city in 2003 after code enforcement officers cited him for parking his pickup truck on a residential street.

The city won the suit. The Third District Court of Appeal sided with the city when the issue was presented to them and last May the Florida Supreme Court decided not to review the decision.

To give truck owners residents a break to come into compliance with the law, the city instituted a grace period which was extended earlier this year to February 2012.

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