Finding safe truck parking is a looming issue that can cost the trucking industry an estimated $5.1 billion annually.
1. Increase Capacity in Areas of Need
2. Increase the Use of Technology to Help Find Truck Parking
3. Improve Trip Planning and Efficiency by Drivers
Fleets can also help their drivers by providing them with necessary recommendations or having technology like Trucker Path loaded onto in-cab devices. While some fleets are proactive, this is not standard as 86 percent of truck drivers say their fleets don’t give them recommendations on how to find parking.
Time spent searching for truck parking can limit a driver’s earning potential. If over 1.6 million truck drivers in America lose 11 hours every month, then the trucking industry is losing about $5.1 billion annually. Here is a detailed breakdown of the potential lost opportunity.
Truck driver safety also plays a role in the truck parking issue. In 2015, 852 truck drivers lost their life while working, making it the most dangerous job in the USA. 79 percent of drivers were forced to violate their HOS because they couldn’t find truck parking. Meanwhile, drivers have been forced to park in unauthorized locations such as highway shoulders, store lots, and off-ramps. These areas are unsafe for truck drivers, leading to potential cargo theft or accidents when merging off or back onto roads.
Truck drivers don’t feel enough measures are being implemented to help them. 86 percent of truck drivers we surveyed said they feel the government isn’t doing enough to help alleviate the truck parking issue. There are a few states that have taken the initiative in helping provide solutions for truck drivers.
States such as Kentucky and Florida (among others) now utilize weigh stations for truck parking, known as “rest havens”. Meanwhile, Maryland and Delaware have provided corridor parking for trucks along I-95 resulting in 220 available truck parking spots.
Reopening rest areas for trucks to use for parking is another potential opportunity. Many rest areas were closed since 2008 due to state and city budget decreases. Rest areas that are closed like in California, where there are 13 not in operation could provide an average of 10 truck parking spots per location. The operational costs could be limited by providing only basic restrooms and security like surveillance or a rotation of a security officer on duty.