Truckers still needed to participate in California rest areas meetings

| 11/29/2007

Truckers are being asked to weigh in on a subject that is important to every driver who hauls on California’s highways. New information is available regarding the times and locations of the meetings on the state’s roadside rest areas.

The California Department of Transportation has contracted with the University of California at Berkeley and a social marketing group, TMD Group, to gain input from truck drivers on how the state’s rest stops can be improved, what safety concerns truckers have, and whether they think wireless internet access is a good idea.

This is also an opportunity for drivers to earn $100 for their participation in the focus groups.

The first meeting is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at AIS Market Research, located at 1320 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 100, in Fresno, CA. Truck parking is available onsite for this meeting.

The second meeting is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Ayres Suites – Ontario at the Mills Mall, located at 4370 Mills Circle, Ontario, CA. Truckers are encouraged to park at the Ontario East Travel Center, which is located at I-10 and Milliken Avenue and is within walking distance of the meeting.

Check-in time for both focus groups is at 4:45 p.m., which is important to secure a spot for the meetings. At least 12 truckers are needed to participate in each focus group.

Joe Rajkovacz, OOIDA regulatory affairs specialist and Laura O’Neill, government affairs counsel in OOIDA’s Washington, DC, office, plan to attend the focus group in Ontario, CA.

Patricia Costanza, president of TMD Group, told Land Line recently that truckers who participate in these “open-discussion” meetings are welcome to bring up problems or suggestions on how to improve rest stops in the state.

If you are interested in participating in either of these focus groups, call (916) 487-5109 or e-mail and put “focus group” in the e-mail’s subject line.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer