VDOT seeks drivers' input on truck parking

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Virginia Department of Transportation is urging truck drivers to participate in a 40-question online survey, designed to glean information about truck parking and safety concerns they face in the state. The deadline to complete the online survey is Dec. 6.

Erik Johnson, freight planning specialist for VDOT, told Land Line on Tuesday, Nov. 26, that he is hoping for a good response from truck drivers who travel through the state to help the agency develop its future planning and investment in truck parking facilities.

“I am hoping for some innovative ideas or thoughts from truckers, as well as something that gives us an understanding of what their practices are and what their general thoughts on truck parking are,” Johnson said.

One of the questions in the survey deals with parking preferences and how often truck drivers use VDOT Safety Rest Areas instead of parking at commercial truck stops, truck-friendly fueling stations, shoulders along on/off ramps, or shippers and receivers.

Truck drivers are also asked to rate their personal safety while parked in short-term and long-term truck parking areas in Virginia.

The survey also asks truck drivers to rate the availability of daytime and nighttime truck parking at VDOT rest areas. Another question deals asks truck drivers traveling through Virginia if they would be interested in a truck parking reservation system.

As for many truckers, they just want a place to stop and rest.

“It sounds like if we had a protected place off the main line that didn’t necessarily have amenities, just a place to stop, that requires practically no maintenance costs, that could certainly be an option,” Johnson said.

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