Truck parking shortages are a national safety concern. Commercial truck drivers need access to safe, secure, and accessible truck parking. With the projected growth of truck traffic, the demand for truck parking will continue to outpace the supply of public and private parking facilities and will only exacerbate the truck parking problems experienced in many regions.
An inadequate supply of truck parking spaces can result in negative consequences. Tired truck drivers may continue to drive because they have difficulty finding a place to park for rest. Truck drivers may choose to park at unsafe locations, such as on the shoulder of the road, exit ramps, or vacant lots, if they are unable to locate official, available parking.
Numerous public, private, academic and non-profit studies have been completed on the adequacy of truck parking, and these studies have some common findings including an expected growth in truck activity, severe shortages of parking for trucks, lack of information on truck parking opportunities, and challenges due to limited delivery windows and specific rest requirements. The links below provide information to the programs and activities authorized that support truck parking, as well as the reports, surveys and historical information for truck parking.
National Coalition on Truck Parking
The National Coalition for Truck Parking brings together stakeholders from transportation organizations, the freight industry, and other groups to advance safe truck parking, including:
National Coalition on Truck Parking – Working Groups
The National Coalition on Truck Parking brings together stakeholders from the public sector, transportation organizations, the freight industry, and other groups to advance safe truck parking. In fall 2017, the National Coalition on Truck Parking held its annual meeting to showcase cross-cutting truck parking initiatives from States and introduce the National Coalition on Truck Parking Working Groups. The purpose of the working groups is to share best practices and create products to disseminate information on truck parking issues related to priorities identified during regional meetings in 2016. The working groups are a deliverable of the National Coalition on Truck Parking.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)
Section 1401 of MAP-21 (PL 112-141), also known as "Jason's Law," was established to provide a "national priority on addressing the shortage of long-term parking for commercial motor vehicles on the National Highway System to improve the safety of motorized and non-motorized users and for commercial motor vehicle operators." Specifically, Jason's Law requires the USDOT to conduct a survey and comparative assessment in consultation with relevant State motor carrier representatives to:
MAP-21 section 1401(c)(3) called for periodic updates to the survey. FHWA intends to conduct an updated survey in 2018 and publish an updated Jason's Law Survey and Comparative Assessment. In addition to the statutory requirements for periodic updates, this project will update the progress of work completed since the previous Jason's Law Survey to:
Jason's Law helps advance a more comprehensive set of programs, efforts and research to improve truck parking and provide States and MPOs with resources to identify parking needs and to encourage improvements and investments.
Reports to Congress
The following information is provided for historical research purposes.
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