Last chance for truckers to provide FHWA with input on truck parking

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | 5/1/2014

Time is running out for professional truck drivers to participate in the Federal Highway Administration’s online survey aimed at identifying truck parking shortages in the United States.

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 2. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is urging its members to take the survey to help federal officials identify where safe and adequate truck parking is needed.

The Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey is named for Jason Rivenburg, a 35-year-old truck driver from Fultonham, N.Y., who was robbed, shot and killed as he rested in his truck at an abandoned gas station in South Carolina.

His widow, Hope Rivenburg, recently met with Tom Kearney, freight operations program manager at FHWA, to discuss details regarding the survey.

“I want to urge all truckers to please take a few minutes out of their day to take this survey,” Hope Rivenburg told Land Line recently.

The Jason’s Law survey was mandated by Congress as part of the current highway law – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21.

In 2009, Hope Rivenburg started a grass roots movement after her husband was killed, urging lawmakers to pass legislation for safe truck parking. Her efforts were rewarded when Jason’s Law, which mandated a study of truck parking by FHWA, was included in MAP-21 in 2012.

She released the results of her own truck parking survey in December 2013. Nearly 4,000 truck driver participated in the survey.

OOIDA officials said that even if drivers previously participated in Rivenburg’s survey, it would be beneficial for them to complete Federal Highway’s current survey.

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