SPECIAL REPORT: Issue No. 1 - Inadequate truck parking

| 2/20/2004

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is asking its 106,000 members to respond to a survey on the need for more truck parking across the country. The association will soon use survey results to identify the areas that have the worst parking shortages in the country.

In the long term, OOIDA will use the information as part of its lobbying effort to focus on getting states to provide more truck parking across the nation. The issue is critical in view of current wrangling over how to fund even the most traditional projects such as maintenance and repair – let alone how to create more truck parking.

In the meantime, recent studies predict higher freight volumes in 2004, more bottleneck choke points in several cities, higher shipping and consumer costs and increased congestion.

At the end of the day, all these factors affect the truck driver, who is expected to cope with the situation and also meet on-time delivery pressures brought about by new federal hours-of-service regulations.

The survey, produced by the OOIDA Foundation, will also ask members how the HOS rules have affected the parking situation; the number of times a driver has been awakened by an officer and told to move on due to a parking time limit; would drivers pay for secure parking at rest areas; and if allowed, would you use an inactive weigh station that might become active before you are awake and ready to roll.

You can participate in our survey (Survey closed)