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Jason’s Law- Do We Agree that Truck Parking is Important?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Tomorrow, FHWA is hosting a “Talking Freight” session on Truck Parking  based on the Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey, which is available here.

There have been other related studies, especially related to previous parking studies conducted by FHWA and FMSCA, various state and local studies, and industry groups.  There exist various reasons to address truck parking, such as to satisfy regulatory requirements, reduce fatigue, get trucks from parking along side the roadway, and to improve driver safety.

Sometimes I wonder if the issues are more aligned with the fact that it is difficult to identify what type of parking is needed, such as:

  • Parking needed during a shipment to accommodate sleep or some regulatory action (inspection, a 30 minute rest, restricted truck operations in an urban area, etc.),
  • Parking related to staging, as when a truck driver is unable to enter a facility, so is waiting outside the gate to get into a terminal or facility, or to mitigate local traffic conditions,
  • Parking related to getting another load, so after a driver has a load delivered, but does not received an assignment for the next load.

“Solving” the truck parking study is not necessarily a one size fits all solution.  There are geographic and temporal demands for parking, as trucking is both a 24/7 industry that serves the entire U.S.   There is an “unspoken rule” that a truck only makes money if its moving, so any stoppages technically make the truck less productive by adding costs and time to a shipment.   As discussed in various drayage studies,  trucking remains a service industry, so some of this could be tied to shippers better integrate truck parking into their logistics cycles in addition to simply putting in more parking spaces.

With the rising concerns over truck safety, urban congestion, autonomous vehicles, and possible innovative smart roadways, the discussion on truck parking, including regional solutions to improve driver safety, are clearly warranted.  I am sure that the webinar tomorrow will address some of these concerns, and look forward to the discussion.