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  • SuperRigs Show Off their Beauty at Annual Competition

    by David Kimball | Jun 17, 2016
    SuperRigs Show Off their Beauty at Annual Competition

    You don’t have to be an owner-operator to appreciate the elegance of a competition-ready SuperRig. Throughout the summer many opportunities are available for fans to appreciate the SuperRig, from The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas to Big Iron Classic in Kasson, Minnesota.

    Last week, Joplin, Missouri hosted the 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition where top honors were awarded to the 1988 Peterbilt 379 of Jake Lindamood. Events were held all weekend long which kicked off with a “Giants of Joplin” parade on Main Street.

    “We won Best of Show and got picked for the SuperRigs calendar, which was super exciting,” Lindamood said. “Winning Best of Show was huge and we are just beyond thrilled about it.”

    The competition judged a record number 89 trucks this year. Best of Show first runner-up was awarded to the 2015 Peterbilt 389 of Jay Blackbourn, and second runner up, Charles Self for his 2004 Peterbilt 379X.

    Rigs were judged for exterior appearance, design, detail / finish, originality, and workmanship by industry professionals who work for major trucking publications or broadcast companies. Awards included: Working Truck Category, Limited Mileage Working Truck, Non-Working Trucks (AKA Show Trucks), and several specialty categories. Photos from the competition can be seen here.

    Entrants include owner-operators from the U.S. and Canada who showcase their actively working trucks. This year 12 drivers were selected to have their trucks featured in the 2017 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar. Ten Four Magazine has a list of other trucking events throughout the rest of 2016.

  • Buckle Up for Safety!

    by User Not Found | Jun 10, 2016
    Seatbelt Use Linked to Decrease in Accident-Related Deaths 
    060616_Seatbelt_ImageSince the inception of commercial driving seatbelt regulations in 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported significant decrease in accident-related deaths and an increase in regular seatbelt usage of Commercial Drivers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), these figures continue to steadily rise.

    Prior to the installment of the new regulation, the NHTSA reported approximately 275 driver-related accident deaths occurred due to lack of seatbelt restraint. By requiring seatbelts for both drivers and passengers and providing education on the safety benefits, the NHTSA is hoping to see the continual decrease in accident-related injury to commercial drivers.

    In 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a survey to determine the best way to get the word out about seatbelt regulations and safety. The survey showed data on highway and expressway usage rates, driver usage data in various regions and identified the types of trucks that seemed to promote poor usage of seatbelts. Having the data has allowed a more strategic approach to increasing seatbelt usage and overall driving safety.

    Starting August 8, 2016, the FMCSA's regulation regarding passenger seatbelt-usage will take place in an effort to continue with the trend of increased safety for commercial trucking.

    "Using a seat belt is one of the safest, easiest and smartest choices drivers and passengers can make before starting out on any road trip. This rule further protects large truck occupants and will undoubtedly save more lives,” said Scott Darling, FMCSA's Acting Administrator, echoing the sentiments of the safety administrations nationwide.

    For more information on seatbelt regulations, visit the FMCSA site.

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Jeffrey Nelson

    by Kelsey Stafford | Jun 02, 2016

    Jeffrey Nelson is a trucking veteran with 20 years behind the wheel. After working as a real estate agent for four years, Jeffrey got his Class A License and started driving in 1996. Prior to beginning his career with Centerline in February of 2015, Jeffrey had driven for Swift for an impressive 12 years.

    Upon being asked what his favorite thing about driving is, Jeff says that he greatly enjoys the pay and the people he meets along the way. Jeffrey recalls his fondest driving memory being his 10-year anniversary working with Swift.

    Jeffrey has two sons and a girlfriend that he has been with for 10 years. His eldest son just returned from Iraq the other is currently a student in college. Jeff says that he and his girlfriend are nerds at heart who enjoy attending swap meets and collectible conventions. He collects comic books and his girlfriend collects dolls. They also enjoy spending time with family on the weekends.

    When asked what advice he would give to other drivers, Jeff had a few key points: work with dispatch and be open to anything they may give you, keep a positive attitude, and stick with it, plowing through any hard times you may come upon.

    Centerline is very thankful to be working with Jeffrey and we hope to work with him for many years to come! Congratulations, Jeffrey Nelson!

  • RollTek: Safety at Your Side

    by Kelsey Stafford | Jun 02, 2016

    RollTek News
    A rollover is an experience that no driver ever wants to go through. Even so, the possibility of a rollover is a reality of commercial driving and safety provider IMMI is working toward keeping drivers safe with their new RollTek equipment. 

    RollTek is being deployed across many industries for use by truckers, soldiers, firefighters and paramedics in the hopes of keeping those who work on the road safe in the event of an accident. For each industry, RollTek is custom engineered to suit the environment it is in. IMMI’s vision for RollTek is to turn possibly fatal crashes into incidents that drivers are able to walk away from. 

    There are three main components to RollTek’s safety features: the seat, the seatbelt, and an airbag. A roll sensor is installed within the truck and constantly monitors the truck’s position, side angle (tilt), and roll rate to ensure that the system is deployed correctly. RollTek monitors these statistics and only deploys its safety features when it detects that a roll is imminent. When it determines that a roll is incoming, a seat pretensioner tightens the seatbelt to keep the occupant secured. The seat is then brought down to its lowest position to give the most cab space possible whilst a side airbag deploys to protect the neck and head of the occupant. This entire process takes less than a quarter of a second to happen. 

    Tom Anthony, the president of IMMI, had this to say about RollTek, “RollTek givesdrivers a better chance of walking away when their truck overturns and we want the world to know about it. It’s the only side roll protection system available for heavy vehicles and we’re excited to demonstrate what a difference RollTek can make.” 

    IMMI recently hosted a demonstration of their new technology in a commercial trucking atmosphere. Check out the video to see RollTek in action!

  • Annual CVSA Road Check June 7-9

    by User Not Found | May 27, 2016

    052716_CVSARoadCheck_ImageThe Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) Annual International Roadcheck is June 7-9, 2016. It’s the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with an average of 17 trucks or buses inspected every minute across North America. 

    What the inspectors are looking for

    • Brakes 
    • Coupling Devices 
    • Fuel & Exhaust Systems 
    • Frame, Van & Open-Top Trailers 
    • Lighting 
    • Securement of Cargo 
    • Steering 
    • Suspension 
    • Tires, Wheels, Rims & Hubs 

    "The costs associated with being put out of service are insignificant when compared to the cost of crashes with innocent people," advises the CVSA. If you are put out of service, it will cost you an average of $861 – which does not include the cost of fines or repairs as a result of the inspection.  

    Overall OOS violations have been decreasing over the past few years. Review the chart below. 


    Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during International Roadcheck have numbered more than 1.4 million. The International Roadcheck also provides an opportunity to educate the industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial motor vehicle operations and the North American roadside inspection program. 

    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) sponsors International Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico). 

  • Why Our Drivers are Special

    by Kelsey Stafford | May 19, 2016

    At Centerline, we put our drivers first. We are passionate about finding our drivers the right fit; flexible and long-term assignments close to home. Their talent, attitude, and dedication is unmatched and does not go unnoticed. To show how much we appreciate our drivers, we asked our Centerline Employees what made our drivers special. Here’s what they had to say.

  • May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

    by User Not Found | May 18, 2016

    052016_MotorcycleAwareness_ImageMay is Motorcycle Awareness Month and the American Trucking Association (ATA)and the ATA’s Share the Road Highway Safety Program is urging all motorists to be aware of motorcycles when driving on our highways and to open dialogue between motorcyclists and truck drivers.

    “Like motorcyclists, truck drivers find a certain level of comfort and enjoyment while out on the highway,” said professional truck driver John McKown (UPS Freight). “With that said, we need to take every safety precaution possible and teach each other about our vehicles so that we can continue to take advantage of the nation’s roads.”

    ATA’s Share the Road professional truck drivers compiled a list of truck safety tips for motorcyclists looking to stay safe this driving season.  

    • Space is time, and time saves lives: At 65 mph, trucks and motorcycles are traveling almost 100 feet per second. It takes a fully loaded tractor-trailer more than the length of a football field to come to a complete stop. Maintain a safe distance in front of trucks.
    • Look for the driver in the mirror before beginning to pass. If the driver can’t see you, then he or she has no way of knowing you are there.
    • When passing, never linger alongside a truck. Due to large blindspots on all sides of a truck, it becomes easy for a motorcycle to become invisible to a truck driver.
    • When riding behind a truck, maintain at least a 4 second following distance. Stay far enough back to see the driver’s mirrors. This gives you enough time to maneuver around debris and react to emergencies.
    • When riding as a group in a stagger pattern, it is safest to pass the truck in single file, staying to the far side of the lane.
    • When possible, avoid passing on the right side. The right blindspot is the largest blindspot and runs the length of the truck, extending out three lanes. Pass on the left. 
    • Always wear a helmet. It is estimated that 1,699 motorcyclists’ lives were saved by a helmet in 2012.



  • Now Available! Courses on the New eLog Regulations

    by User Not Found | May 13, 2016

    As a Centerline Driver you have access to all the courses and resources available by JJ Keller. JJ Keller is the trusted source for DOT/Transportation regulation compliance trainings and is up to date with changing regulations. 

    JJ Keller recently developed courses to help drivers with Elogs.   

    Daily Driver Tasks on the J. J. Keller Mobile™ Application 

    Course Length: 15 minutes 

    Overview: This course is designed to guide learners through the completion of a driver’s daily tasks within the J. J. Keller® Mobile application. 

    After completing this course, learners will be able to: 

    • Log into the J. J. Keller Mobile® application 
    • Complete their DVIRs (Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports) 

    • Take the required breaks 

    • Submit logs 

    Additional Driver Logging Tasks on the J. J. Keller Mobile® Application 

    Course Length: 15 minutes 

    Overview: This course is designed to guide learners through logging tasks that are typically needed throughout the course of a day using the J. J. Keller® Mobile application 

    After completing this course, learners will be able to: 

    • Change their duty status 
    • View their hours and reports 

    • Provide information during a roadside inspection 

    • Claim unassigned driving events 

    • Download updated logs 

    • Perform team driver functions 

    Also available are courses on setting up these programs on both Android and iOS. And remember, you can earn Safety Bucks by completing courses. Contact your branch to learn more! 


    Access these courses, and many more, by logging in to the Driver Center.

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Brandon Wilson

    by User Not Found | May 06, 2016

    Brandon Wilson started working for Centerline in April 2015 based in Deridder, Louisiana in our Dedicated Drivers division. A 3rd generation driver, what he likes most about his job is being on the open road and driving the “big truck.”

    He always had a passion for driving. He grew up seeing his grandfather hauling logs, his father driving in Vietnam while serving in the Army.  “Little boys play with trucks and now I drive one,” Brandon said.

    He and his wife, Nicole, used to run OTR together and said they saw so many beautiful things while crossing the country. One in particular, he said, was watching the sunrise over Lake Pontchartrain.

    Brandon and Nicole have 3 children; daughters ages 14 and 8 a 3-month old son so flexibility with Centerline that allows him to be “in control of his day” is valuable.

    In his spare time, Brandon enjoys using his HAM radio and communicating with people all over the world. He is so savvy with radio communications, he has been licensed with the FCC to the last year.

    Brandon’s advice for other truck drivers or those thinking about it? "Do what you love and love what you do. This industry can be tough but if your heart is in it, it can be very rewarding."

  • FAST Act Highway Bill Hot Topic at NPTC Annual Meeting

    by Super Admin | May 02, 2016

    This year's National Private Truck Council's (NPTC) Annual Meeting was held April 24 – April 26, 2016 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati where general counsel, Rich Schweitzer took only 30 mins to address upcoming regulation changes for trucking.  

    Schweitzer took aim at all the measures within the FAST Act highway bill and reforming certain existing FMCSA rules. compiled a great list of the features. Please see them below

    FAST Act’s CSA Provisions 

    • The National Academies of Science is to conduct an 18-month study of CSA and SMS to analyze the accuracy of BASICs in identifying high-risk carriers and predicting future crash risk and crash severity 

    • The study will review methodology used to calculate BASIC percentiles, weights assigned to violations, ties between crash risk and specific violations, and use of non-fault crashes 

    • A Corrective Action Plan is to be submitted to Congress 120 days after the report. The plan must tell how FMCSA will address deficiencies identified in the study 

    • DOT IG is to assess whether the plan complies with the February 2014 IG Report on CSA

    FAST Act on CSA Data Reform 

    • FMCSA may not make publicly available information on analysis of violations, non-fault crashes, or BASIC percentiles until IG concerns are addressed 

    • Also, the agency may not use CSA data on alerts or relative percentiles for safety fitness determinations until IG concerns are addressed and report to Congress completed. However, FMCSA may still use data to identify carriers for enforcement actions 

    • As of Dec. 4, 2015, BASIC data for property carriers was taken off CSA website; the agency restored absolute scores on March 7, 2016 

    FAST Act impact on Beyond Compliance initiative 

    • On April 19, FMCSA announced it is seeking input on implementation of the FAST Act requirement that FMCSA must offer a credit or improved SMS score for any carrier that: installs advanced safety equipment, uses enhanced driver fitness measures, adopts fleet safety management tools technologies, and programs, or satisfies other standards determined to be appropriate by the agency

  • New Driver MER Requirement Now in Effect

    by Super Admin | Apr 22, 2016


    Changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical examination regulations took effect on April 20. Drivers will have to complete a Medical Examination Report Form for their DOT physical. The new form includes several more questions about the driver’s medical history. 

    The rule requires medical personnel to electronically submit the results on the National Registry once a month. Drivers are required to carry their exam certificate for 15 days after the physical. This is to ensure the driver has proof of medical certification while the exam results may still be loading into the database. After the 15 days, law enforcement will have access to the records in the database and the drivers will not need to carry a copy. 

    After June 22, 2018, medical examiners will be required to submit the test results by the end of the day and drivers will not have to carry medical certification at all. 

    MEs and CMV drivers with questions are directed to contact the FMCSA Medical Programs Division at (202) 366-4001 or

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Jason Williams

    by User Not Found | Apr 15, 2016

    When Jason Williams applied to work with Centerline in the fall of 2015, he was anxious to get to work and make some money. Jason interviewed and road tested in Baltimore and joined the Centerline team.

    By November of 2015, his hard work had earned him a spot as a dedicated driver on the team. Jason decided to share his success story at Centerline with people he knew. In December of 2015, Jason referred 5 drivers to Centerline. Jason broke the record of referrals in one year in one month!

    All 5 of his friends met our hiring standards and began to work for us. 4 of these people met the minimum 200 hours worked so that Jason could earn the $300 Driver Referral bonus for each of them – a total of $1200! That is a lot of money for sharing good news with friends!

    Jason reflects our passion for going above and beyond to build 1 Strong Team!

    As this story was being written, another person who was referred by... you guessed it... Jason Williams, has applied to work with Centerline.

    Congratulate Jason on his success and contact your local Centerline branch to learn how you can earn a $300 Driver Referral Bonus!

  • Changing the Face of the Trucking Industry

    by User Not Found | Apr 08, 2016

    The industry-wide image and education movement, Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), has reported significant achievements in the past year in its mission to impact public perception of the trucking industry.

    TMAF co-chairman and president of Ohio-based Jet Express, Kevin Burch, said in a news conference at the Mid-America Trucking Show March 31 that is has achieved its goal of placing more than 100 trailer wraps on the road.

    "These 'moving billboards,' each seen by as many as 16 million people per city, are sending a message every day that our industry is more than just large vehicles on the highways," said Burch. "We're moving America forward by transporting products and freight that make life possible, serving as an essential provider to our communities and adding value to our economy."

    Next year's goal is to get an additional 200 wraps placed.

    American Trucking Association (ATA) America's Road Team captain and driver for FedEx Freight, Don Logan, said he has 2.4 million accident-free miles and where the industry falls short is telling that story. "That's why the TMAF is so important," he said.

    The TMAF continues to expand it's presence and needs your help in continuing to grow and spread the work. Get involved on their website, and follow them on social media. 

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Bernard Gasca

    by User Not Found | Mar 30, 2016
    • Barnard Gasca’s background 

    In 2003, Bernard Gasca joined C.R. England where he was trained and drove OTR for a short period of time and transitioned into a local route. Driving trucks was something Bernard always wanted to do. He has memories as a child hearing the trucks coming down the hill and talking on a CB radio with his grandfather. 

    When did he start driving for Centerline? 

    Bernard joined the Centerline family in 2003 after the company he worked for was impacted by the housing collapse. He wanted to stay local so he could be close to his family and Centerline had the best opportunities for him. 

    What does Bernard like most about driving? 

    Bernard liked being out on the road; the neighborhoods, cities, landscapes. The beauty of nature; sunsets, sunrises and city lights. “You are free, out alone on your own and just enjoying the music. The landscapes are so different,” said Bernard. 

    Barnard’s Family 

    Bernard has 3 kids, the oldest is his 24-year-old son who is currently attending college and working full time. His 2nd oldest son is 19 and attends Cal State - Fullerton. His youngest is his 13-year-old daughter. Being near his children when they were growing up was important to Bernard. He said he was missing their activities and their daily lives when working OTR. So, working local with Centerline helped that.  

    Advice for other and new drivers? 

    “Be patient. Understand your limitations as a driver whether you are over-the-road or local. There is fatigue, a mental strain, be aware of that. If you’re hesitant get out and look. Keep in good contact with your family – make it a priority – and stay grounded.”

  • FMCSA Simplifying Process for Vets to Transition to Trucking Industry

    by User Not Found | Mar 24, 2016

    03.24.16 FMCSA_ImageThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) to extend the time period for applying for a skills test waiver from 90 days to 1 year after leaving a military position requiring the operation of a commercial motor vehicle.

    The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on March 16 and will be accepting comments until May 16, 2016.

    “The FMCSA believes that this would give former military personnel a better opportunity to obtain a CDL in a way that will not negatively affect safety,” the agency said.

    To date, the FMCSA reports that over 10,000 veterans have utilized the skills test waiver to obtain a CDL. “The motor carrier industry would also benefit from a larger supply of licenses CMV drivers,” the agency continued.

    Centerline hires our heroes and will help with accessing the waiver and obtaining a CDL. Learn more about how Centerline supports veterans transitioning into civilian life.

  • New Proposed Rules for Entry-Level Drivers

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    Entry-Level_Image_031116The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA) released new proposed rules for national training requirements for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators. The new rules are as follows:

    Applicants seeking a Class A CDL:

    • Minimum of 30 hours behind-the-wheel training from an instructional program meeting FMCSA standards
    • Minimum of 10 hours operating the vehicle on a practice driving range

    Applicants seeking a Class B CDL

    • Minimum of 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training
    • Minimum of 7 hours of practice range training

    These requirements will apply in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for;

    • First-time applicants;
    • Current CDL holders seeking a license upgrade or additional endorsement; and
    • Previously disqualified CDL holders seeking to require a license.

    Under the new proposal, military drivers, farmers and firefighters would continue to be general exempt from these requirements.

    The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Owner Operator Independent Driver Association overall support the proposal. There is a 30-day comment period as the next phase of the rule-making process.

    For more information, read the entire article on

  • I-75 on KY/TN Border Closed until March 17

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    Make sure to give yourself some extra time on I-75 on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. A mudslide has all lanes closed with southbound lanes expected to open St. Patrick’s Day and one lane northbound to open March 24.

    Southbound travelers should expect to add 40 minutes to their travel time due to detours and northbound should expect an additional 45 minutes. Expect longer wait times during rush hour times.

    The entire repair project is expected to be completed by April 15.

  • Driving Through Rhode Island? Get Ready to Pay!

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
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    Rhode Island Governor, Gina Raimondo, signed into law February 11, a bill that would impose tolls on big-rig trucks, up to $20 for an 18-wheeler, traveling through the country’s smallest state on I-95.

    After 10 hours of combined debate, the State Senate and House of Representatives passed the bill and the Governor immediately signed it into law. Federal records show the state has the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges and the proposed toll structure will help cover repair costs over the next 10-years.

    This bill is the culmination of an eight-month debate that captivated the little state and infuriated its truckers. What do you think of the toll program?

    Know Your Stats: The Most Expensive Tolls in the United States posted a listing of the 12 most expensive tolls in the U.S. Make sure you’re not caught off guard!

    12. (tie) Midtown Tunnel (New York) - $8

    11. (tie) Battery Tunnel (New York) - $8

    10. Fort McHenry Tunnel (Maryland) - $9

    9. Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel (Alaska) - $13

    8. (tie) Outerbridge Crossing (NY/NJ) - $14

    7. (tie) Lincoln Tunnel (NY/NJ) - $14

    6. (tie) Holland Tunnel (NY/NJ) - $14

    5. (tie) Goethal Bridge (NY/NJ) - $14

    4. (tie) George Washington Bridge (NY/NJ) - $14

    3. (tie) Bayonne Bridge (NY/NJ) - $14

    2. Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (New York) - $16

    1. Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (Virginia) - $18

  • Dedication to Safety is Saving Lives

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
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    New data released by the Department of Transportation (DOT) analyzed by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) show that the rate of truck-involved fatalities is declining.

    At the same time the number of miles driven by truck driver rose to more than 279 billion, there was a decline of 61 truck-involved fatalities in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Over the last 10 years, the fatality rate has fallen over 40%. The ATA attributes this decline to aggressive traffic enforcement and education programs aimed at changing motorists unsafe behaviors.

    In the release from the ATA, Executive Vice President for National Advocacy with the ATA, Dave Osiecki, said, “Our industry has worked hard, and invested in technology and training to improve highway safety not just for our drivers, but for all motorists.” And while there is more work to do, it is gratifying to see those efforts paying off in safer roads for all of us.”

    At Centerline your safety is a top priority. We set annual safety goals and in 2015 we met that goal and saw our lowest number of injuries to date. Learn more about what we are doing to keep YOU safe!

  • Big Rig Parking. There's An App for That!

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
    Parking Safety

    90 percent of truck drivers and logistics professionals report having difficulty finding safe and legal parking during rest periods at night according to a new study “Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey Results and Comparative Analysis” released by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHA).

    The USDOT also found the majority of respondents reported truck parking shortages at all times of the day on every day of the week. They also found that the major hurdle in addressing the shortage is there is no single entity responsible for truck parking facilities. As it currently stands, 88 percent of the total 309,000 legal truck parking spaces are found at private truck stops, as opposed to public rest areas.

    To attempt to help drivers identify these legal parking spots, the FHA funded an app run by the I-95 Corridor Coalition: Truck’N’Park. According to the website, the app is“designed to provide accurate, up-to-the-minute information on available truck parking spaces at selected parking facilities along the I-95 Corridor.”

    In addition to the app, the website and their toll-free number 855-TRK-PARK (855-875-7275) are available to access parking information. You are even able to schedule an “automatic return call from the system to update you on the number of available parking spaces as conditions change.”