The Department of Transportation will announce the results of the Federal Highway Administration’s truck parking survey on Aug. 21. The results are expected to identify locations across the nation in need of safe truck parking spaces.
As part of Jason’s Law under MAP-21, the Federal Highway Administration conducted a survey to find out where safe truck parking was needed. On Friday, Aug. 21, Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez will announce the results and the formation of a national coalition that will focus on truck parking shortages. Mendez will be joined by Hope Rivenburg, the widow of a slain trucker for whom the law is named, FHWA Gregory Nadeau and Acting Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Scott Darling.
Back in March 2009, truck driver Jason Rivenburg was fatally shot after parking in an unlit, abandoned gas station in St. Matthews, S.C. Since then, Hope Rivenburg has worked relentlessly to pass Jason’s Law, including conducting her own independent survey. Jason’s Law would require lawmakers to ensure that truckers had access to more safe parking spaces.
In 2012, Jason’s Law was included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21. According to the highway funding bill, Jason’s law made the issue of truck parking shortages a “national priority” and required the Department of Transportation to conduct a survey within 18 months of the bill going into effect. The survey was to determine which areas in the country are in most need of safe truck parking.
Before conducting the survey, FHWA was required to submit a Federal Register notice to allow the public to review the agency’s approach to the survey. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association suggested that the survey include 400 drivers instead of FHWA’s suggested 150 drivers. FHWA acknowledged and complied with that request. OOIDA also suggested that small facility owners also be included, rather than just large-scale multi-state enterprises.
Members of OOIDA were able to take the survey from April to early May 2014.
OOIDA members received a survey that included nearly 50 questions related to parking. Other trucking associations received similar surveys as part of FHWA’s effort to comply with the MAP-21 mandate. Under MAP-21 regulations, the Department of Transportation must release the results on its website and periodically update the survey.
Before the recent actions of the administration, the last FHWA truck parking study was conducted in 2002.
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