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FHWA Revisits Truck Parking Survey

by Anna Mischke | May 04, 2018

Driver News 050418The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) plans to survey truck stop operators, enforcement personnel, and state DOT officials on the lack of available truck parking. A 2014 truck driver survey, “Jason’s Law”, prompted by 2012’s MAP-21 highway funding law concentrated on state-to-state parking availability. The law called for federal funds being set aside to increase and research truck parking.

The FHWA will pursue further data on states’ truck parking situations and will ask respondents about demand for parking in their state, truck parking information systems, number of parking spaces, truck parking plans, and “any impediments to providing adequate truck parking capacity” such as “legislative, regulatory or financial issues” and zoning, public and private impacts, approval and participation, availability of land, and insurance requirements.

The shortage of truck parking remains a top industry concern and the recently implemented ELD mandate has seemed to exacerbate the issue. More than 75% of truck drivers and 66% of logistics personnel reported frequent difficulty finding safe parking locations. There have been reports in some states of illegal parking, sometimes alongside main transportation passages and metropolitan areas, typically between 7:00 pm and 11:59pm.

Public input on what types of questions should be asked and information collected is welcome through May 23rd. Public comments from industry stakeholders can be shared via the agency website.

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