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Many Drivers Say No to Paying for Reserved Parking

Posted: September 21, 2015

ARLINGTON, VA – Nearly half of truck drivers say they would refuse to pay for reserved parking, according to just published results in a survey over truck parking.

That’s according to the American Transportation Research Institute, which has released the findings in its “Commercial Driver Perspectives on Trucking Parking” survey. 

This non-profit survey arm of the American Trucking Associations collected information from more than 1,400 truck drivers on the use of private versus public rest stops, preferred locations for reserved parking, and the value of reserved truck parking.

The survey also revealed a truck reservation parking systems near large metropolitan areas would have the highest value, though a disconnect exists between drivers’ interest in parking reservation systems and their willingness to pay for parking reservations.

“Understanding the expectations of trucking companies and professional drivers is of critical importance to truck stop operators,” said Lisa Mullings, resident and CEO of NATSO, an association representing truck stops. “ATRI’s analysis will provide important guidance to truck stops as they work to meet their customers’ operational and safety needs.”

An earlier survey revealed truck parking was the second highest ranked issue to truck drivers in 2014. Commercial driver hours-of-service regulation changes in the U.S., implemented in 2013 exacerbated truck parking shortages by shifting truck travel to different times of the day and week, according to ATRI.

ATRI’s research was driven by the selection of truck parking as one of the top priority research topics for 2015 by it research advisory committee. 

The trucking parking research is also looking into the U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s newly released Jason’s Law Report, which examined at the status of truck parking in the U.S.; assessing truck parking supply and demand utilizing ATRI’s extensive truck GPS database; and analyzing the impact of non-commercial vehicle use of truck parking spaces. 

You can read the ATRI report on the group’s website.


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