The owners of recreational vehicles, trailers and other oversized rigs in Torrance, Calif., will be pulling out their wallets next summer for the privilege of parking curbside, according to a report in the Daily Breeze.
Capping a 2-year-old debate over RV regulations, the Torrance City Council on Tuesday (Dec. 14) approved permit fees for residents wanting to park temporarily on city streets, along with a one-time registration cost of $25. Nonresidents won’t be able to park their rigs on Torrance streets without a resident sponsor – a rule the city crafted as parking complaints mounted.
RV owners with driveways and storage spots aren’t necessarily required to register their rides, but those who pull onto the street to load and unload at least five times a year would save money by doing so.
That’s because a resident who registers an RV and buys a package with 24 one-day street parking permits would pay $45, while single daily permits would cost $10 apiece.
The rates, which will come back for final council approval next week, would go into effect in July, said transportation planner Ted Semaan. Vehicles can be registered as soon as the fees are set.
“These types of programs aren’t money-generating programs,” said Mayor Frank Scotto. “It’s not to penalize people. …I think it’s extremely reasonable to expect someone to pay less than a dollar a day to park.”
Some of the fees approved Tuesday dipped slightly from those recommended in a staff report, and council members approved reduced rates for low-income residents.
Many RV owners turned up to complain, arguing they shouldn’t have to pay to park for a day – even a couple of hours – while they’re cleaning and packing their motor homes.
“I’ll pay because I have to hook my car up” to a trailer, said resident Ron Waller, who has owned an RV, trailer or motorhome since 1969.
“I don’t think it’s fair for 15 or 20 minutes,” he added. “It’s going to cost me $45, and I can afford it, it’s just the principle of the thing.”
Others said they would refuse to pay for parking permits, even with the threat of being cited or towed.
One man called the rules “restrictive” and “complicated,” and questioned whether the city had raised the fees to cover more than just administrative costs.