The American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association penned a joint letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigiegasking the U.S. DOT for assistance in addressing the nationwide shortage of truck parking.
The groups said the lack of parking “decreases safety for all highway users, exacerbates the industry’s longstanding workforce challenges, contributes negatively to driver health and well-being, diminishes trucking productivity, and results in unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions.”
The letter cites DOT’s most recent Jason’s Law Report, which demonstrated that the parking issue is continually getting worse.
The 2019 report, the groups said, found that 98% of truck drivers regularly experience problems finding safe parking – an increase from 75% in the 2015 report. The full report has not yet been fully released, and the groups asked that Buttigieg expedite that process.