OBAC: Take Canada’s parking survey and make a difference

| 11/20/2009

Is there enough truck parking in Canada? Is it adequate? Transport Canada and industry groups want to hear from you if you drive and park in Canada, even if you’re a U.S. trucker.

Taking time to complete the survey could make a difference in keeping parking issues on the Canadian government’s radar and improving the situation.

The Owner-Operators Business Association of Canada is a member of the steering committee, which also includes Canada’s fleet associations.

OBAC Executive Director Joanne Ritchie says that OBAC and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association have long championed the cause for adequate truck parking.

Ritchie is on a mission to get as many truckers and companies to take the survey as possible.

“Here’s an opportunity to add your two cents to this most important debate,” Ritchie stated in an update to her members.

“We need every driver to get involved; it’s drivers themselves who can identify areas in Canada where designated truck parking is difficult to find, and help determine how shortages of parking impact your safety, productivity, and personal well-being.”

OBAC’s site, www.obac.ca/Web, also contains a link to the survey.

Before you take the survey, it might be a good idea to read through some questions to get an idea of what you may need. For example, the survey will ask how many kilometers you travel in Canada. To make the conversion from miles to kilometers, multiply your miles by 1.61.

The survey also asks this important question: “How often do you have to drive beyond where you feel safe and alert because you cannot find a parking space?”

If you have any questions about the survey itself or need clarification on a question, call 800-333-0371, or send an e-mail to deborah.degrasse@tc.gc.ca.

– By David Tanner, staff writer