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Murfreesboro Issue Moratorium On Car Dealer Lots

Posted at 7:52 PM, Apr 18, 2017

City officials issued a temporary ban on new and used car lots setting up shop inside city limits. City officials cited safety concerns like clogged roadways, parked vehicles blocking line of sight for drivers, and some lots that are so full, they're causing safety concerns for drivers.

NewsChannel 5 requested specific examples of safety hazards at car lots from the city. City Hall did not respond.

Some car dealers are calling the moratorium a governmental overreach.

"I don't think you should be able to legislate which legitimate, legal businesses, tax paying businesses, that you let into town and not," said Jimmy Evans, who owns three used car lots in Murfreesboro.

This is the second moratorium the city of Murfreesboro has issued in the last several months. The last targeted rezoning for apartment complexes.

"You can't issue moratoriums to solve every single problem you have," Evans said.

It's unclear how long either moratorium will be enforced.