How to improve parking availability in trucking
Parking has been an issue that has plagued the industry for quite some time now, yet little efforts have been made to substantially alleviate this issue for truck drivers.
According to the American Trucking Associations, there are over 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States, but only 400,000 viable parking spots for drivers to use.
With such an enormous discrepancy between drivers and available parking, drivers have been forced to violate hours of service regulations as the parking lots they arrive at are ultimately at capacity.
Not only does it affect truckers financially, but it also affects their safety. Without proper rest areas to safely park their vehicles, they could be at risk of being robbed or physically hurt.
Needless to say, fixing this issue should be of importance to lawmakers across the country.
One way to deal with this issue would be to simply create more lots for trucks to park in. However, this solution would require significant investment from the government.
President Donald Trump recently proposed a hefty investment in the improvement of national infrastructure. In his trillion-dollar proposal, President Trump specifically included funding for trucking industry parking.
However, it is still unclear how much of the $1 trillion would go towards parking. Additionally, the plan itself has been rebuffed by fellow Republicans and Democrats as well, so its chances of passing may be quite slim.
Additionally, on March 11, 2020, Congressman Michael Bost (R, Illinois) introduced the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act, which is a bill that is looking to improve industry-wide parking.
According to WSIL News, the bill “would invest millions of dollars in projects that increase truck parking spaces so drivers can safely comply with rules that restrict how long they can be behind the wheel.”
While the solution seems simple—I mean, just making more parking doesn’t seem like too crazy of an idea—-it will still require a lot of litigation in congress. Until talks begin to be had, truckers will need to find ways to circumvent any potential issues with parking.
One way many truckers have been avoiding the headache is by booking their parking spots ahead of time. Of course, this requires extensive planning before their trip.
By using apps such as Truck Park, truckers can safely find parking ahead of time without worrying about violating hours of service rules. Truck Park is a partner of GPSTab, which is an industry-leading software solution focused on ELD compliance.
So, what do you think about the parking issue? Let us know in the comments or on social media!
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