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.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)
MAP-21 is the most recent transportation authorization, and truck parking activities are authorized under MAP-21 as eligible activities for various funding programs. Additionally, MAP-21 required Jason's Law, a survey of state capability to provide truck parking, an assessment of truck volumes in each state and the development of a system of metrics to evaluate 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:
Reports to Congress
The following information is provided for historical research purposes.
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United States Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration