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Parking Problems – Not Improved in 11 Years

July 2, 2010 by Truckdrivernews · 1 Comment 

As most all truck drivers know how parking has been a problem for years – and steadily only gets worse.

The problems only grow with truckers being able to find adequate and safe parking – stems from a problem within the trucking industry known as “just in time freight delivery.”

This is where the receiving company does not have space available to store products they use to manufacture items that the public needs.

These receiving companies can only take enough product on a per load bases or as needed. Which results in appointments having to be set up at different times for the trucks to deliver their loads.

Communication problems or the lack of communications is also a problem that persist the trucking industry – between shippers and receivers and the carriers.

The US Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Federal Motor Carriers Association (FMCSA) and the National Travel Safety Board (NTSB) know the problems with the lack of adequate and safe parking that exist today. These agencies were all involved in a truck parking study that was done in 1999 by the NTSB. There were problems then and the problems still remain today.

The 1996 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) study Commercial Driver Rest and Parking Requirements: Making Space for Safety found that a shortfall of parking spaces for commercial vehicles existed throughout the United States.


Public rest areas with full or overflowing parking at night 80 percent
Shortfall of truck parking spaces 28,400 (estimate)
Parking spaces at private truck stops 185,000 (estimate)
Number of trucks parked at private truck stops at night 167,453 (estimate)
Private truck stops that are full on any given night nationwide 53 percent
Private truck stop parking spaces to be added by the end of 2000 20,000 to 38,000
Cost of building additional parking to meet future trucking demands $489 to $629 million (projected)

A June 1999 accident in Jackson, Tennessee, which the Safety Board investigated, highlights the safety problem associated with a lack of available truck parking at particular locations: trucks use highway entrance and exit ramps or shoulders for parking. The accident occurred when a truck tractor-semi trailer ran off the road and collided with three other trucks that were parked on the entrance ramp to the interstate highway from the public rest area. These vehicles were parked on the ramp because parking spaces in the public rest area were filled to capacity.

The major issue addressed in this Safety Board special investigation report is the lack of safe available commercial vehicle parking on or near interstates for truck drivers who want or need to use it. Associated with this issue, this report also discusses the lack of information about parking available to truck drivers and the State-enforced parking time limits.

According to NATSO, over 2,000 private truck stop locations provide more than 250,000 spaces nationwide; by 2005, eight of the largest private companies will increase truck parking capacity by 30,000 to 48,000 spaces, where market demand is greatest.

With all the rest areas closing and not much safe parking places – Senate needs to take a look at H.R.2156/S.971 things need to change when a bicycle path in one city gets $5 million dollars – and the USDOT only allocates $6 million dollars for five states for truck parking. The time to contact your senators and representatives is now tell them truck drivers need H.R. 2156/S.971 made into a law.

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One Response to “Parking Problems – Not Improved in 11 Years”
  1. Chuck says:

    Yea five states that have plenty of parking.

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