The infamous Truck Parking Shortage has once again risen its UGLY and Deadly head as yet another trucker is murdered because of inadequate safe truck parking.
Insufficient Truck Parking has been a serious problem for decades, confirmed by numerous FMCSA studies. The following was issued by FMCSA in 1996 and recently updated in 2014 “FHWA Commissions Commercial Driver Rest and Parking Requirements Study”
Federal Highway Administration’s Truck Parking Initiatives Slideshow from FHWA Truck Parking Activities
On June 26th 30 year old OTR trucker Michael Boeglin of Ferdinand, Ind. was shot and killed in his truck as he parked at an abandoned building waiting to pick up a load from the nearby ThyssenKrupp steel plant.
These words are eerily similar to the ones we heard 5 years ago in March of 2009 as OTR Truck Driver Jason Rivenburg had parked to rest at an abandoned gas station in South Carolina before his early morning delivery. Both OTR drivers wives’, pregnant at the time of their husbands murders, Hope Rivenburg giving birth to twins in 2009 shortly after the homicide of Jason and Ashley Boeglin, wife of recently shot trucker Michael, is due to give birth in November 2014.
What is another similarity for both of these murders? The LACK OF SAFE and Adequate Truck Parking, protecting professional drivers from harm’s way as they run a 14 hour clock, being compliant with FMCSA Hours of Service rules.
It’s now been 5 years since U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko first introduced the original bill “Jason’s law” to the House in April of 2009 . The bill, HR 2156, was introduced shortly after the March 5, 2009 fatal shooting of Schoharie County OTR driver, Jason Rivenburg and was designed to allow states to receive requested funding in areas where truck parking was most needed.
Widow Hope Rivenburg led the 3 year crusade, tirelessly lobbying for more safe truck parking until the bill, Jason’s Law, was passed and included in the 2012 Transportation Bill.
- Language on Truck Parking can be found in Section 1401 of MAP-21 (PL 112-141) entitled “Jason’s Law”.
Hope Rivenburg went the extra mile after Jason’s Law was included in MAP 21 by playing a major role in HER National Truck Parking Survey. The results of the survey answered many of the questions of where and why truck parking is such an issue for professional drivers. The Survey, taken by almost 5000 professional drivers, sheds light to why drivers are forced to park in isolated and dangerous locations.
Read the drivers comments on how shippers and receivers refuse safe haven for them as they “wait”. If you want to understand the true obstacles and challenges that drivers face, then reading the results of this survey is a must. Also read: TRUCK PARKING SPECIAL REPORT by Desiree Wood of Real Women in Trucking
Now the trucking industry is calling for unity regarding the plea for more safe truck parking. David Clark set up the GoFundMe raising over $10,000. A Memorial Convoy link can also be found through the same website. Along with the above mentioned family GoFundMe fundraiser authored by Michael’s father in law, David Clark, the Small Business in Transportation Coalition led by James Lamb is calling for additional funding from the trucking industry.
The purpose of this 2nd fundraiser ( also approved by the Boeglin family) is to:
1 Raise funds for widow Ashley Boeglin and unborn child
2 Create industry wide concern and awareness for additional truck parking
3 Display support for professional drivers, standing in unison, and demanding the follow through for funding of Jasons Law in the Transportation bill.
James Lamb General Manager, 12PL; President, AIPBA;
Dear Group Member,
I know you probably get hit up often for donations, but this time it’s different. This one is for the benefit of a fallen member of the trucking family: Michael Boeglin.
Read James Jaillet’s July 7th story “Trucker found shot in truck in Detroit, rig burned” in Overdrive here:
Then, please consider donating here:
In setting up this fundraiser, we hope to garner both trucking and mainstream media attention to spotlight the issue of safe parking for truckers.
While some have declared this story is “not newsworthy, ” let’s show them how trucking takes care of its own. The amount collected will be announced at the SBTC’s Industry at Sea event in September (www.IndustryatSea.com). Donors* will be recognized on SBTC social media and websites (amounts donated will remain confidential).
I am starting off the fundraiser personally with the first donation…
Please donate what you can. Even just $5 (the cost of a Subway foot long) will help.
James Lamb, Chairman
Small Business in Transportation Coalition (“SBTC”)
*The SBTC pledges that 97% of all monies collected will be sent to Michael Boeglin’s widow for the benefit of her and her unborn child (three percent will be earmarked for administrative expenses such as credit card processing fees).
Hopefully the display of INDUSTRY support which is taking off will send a message to Washington telling our government officials that enough is enough! Michael Boeglin may not be a celebrity, demanding high profile attention of mainstream media, he is however a father, son, husband, son in law, and a valuable and loved member of his family and the trucking community.
Remember, after the recent tragic fatal Walmart crash killing James McNair and injuring celebrity Tracy Morgan, Politicians began yelling for stricter HOS and ELD’s. Who in Washington is yelling for more safe truck parking now that a “truck driver” has been killed? IS ANYBODY LISTENING?
Note: In conversation with Overdrive’s Wendy Parker, Hope Rivenburg stresses the need for drivers to continue to press their legislators on areas where truck parking is sorely lacking and/or unsafe.
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