A Federal Register notice was posted by the Federal Highway Administration on Tuesday, June 25 – the first formal step in the agency’s plan to develop a federal truck parking survey as directed in the current highway law known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century or MAP-21.
At this time, truckers are not being asked to provide their input on the Federal Register notice, which seeks clearance from the Office of Management and Budget – OMB – to move forward with the agency’s intention to develop a truck parking survey.
If approved, FHWA intends to seek comments from the trucking community, including drivers, trucking company owners, state department of transportation personnel and truck stop operators to find out where critical truck parking is needed across the U.S. The agency also seeks to convene a focus group representing the stakeholders.
The provision on truck parking mandated in MAP-21 is known as “Jason’s Law.” It is named for Jason Rivenburg, who arrived too early at his delivery point and was turned away. Instead, he found a place to park in an unlit, abandoned lot in South Carolina where he was shot and killed for $7 in March 2009.
The 62-day public comment period ends on Aug. 26. Comments will be summarized and included “in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection.”