Transport Canada and industry groups want to hear from Canadian and U.S. truckers about the condition and availability of truck parking. A few moments to complete the survey could make a difference in shaping future actions and improvements.
Joanne Ritchie, executive director of the Owner-Operators Business Association of Canada, says about 1,000 drivers have taken the survey so far, but she would like to see 10 times that many by the end of January.
“We’ve got 250,000 trucks driving around looking for a 10-hour place to park every 24,” Ritchie told Land Line on Friday, Dec. 11.
“At the end of the day, if 100 drivers or two drivers have trouble finding a place to park, then it’s a problem. They don’t have a choice. We’re talking about a regulation here that requires them to stop driving and they have a job to do to get a load from point A to point B.”
OBAC is a member of the Transport Canada steering committee on the parking issue, joining several of Canada’s fleet associations.
Ritchie gives credit to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for working on the issue of safe, adequate truck parking in the U.S. She is inviting U.S. drivers to take the Canada survey.
“We have to keep pounding away. Everybody that calls me, I ask them if they’ve taken the survey yet,” she said. “We want to make sure that U.S. drivers are welcome to add their two cents.”
The survey asks about legitimate parking but also about what Ritchie refers to as “ad hoc parking.”
“We call it ad hoc parking, whether it’s an off-ramp or a Walmart,” she said. “I think people park there because there’s no good alternative.”
Click here to take the survey, which is also available on OBAC’s Web site, www.obac.ca/Web.
“As long as we continue to get responses, I want to keep it going – at least through the end of January,” Ritchie said.
Before you take the survey, read through some questions to get an idea of things you may need, such as how many kilometers you travel in Canada. To convert miles to kilometers, multiply your miles by 1.61.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
– By David Tanner, staff writer