Professional driver, W. Thompson is clear to point out the serious problem concerning trucking parking shortage for the big rigs. Rest areas, truck stops and various parking lots across the country simply do not provide enough spaces for our professional truckers. As Mr. Thompson makes clear, it can be a big problem trying to find a parking spot in many areas, especially after 5:00 – 6:00 PM.
Recently, our Government performed a survey and concluded that there were plenty of parking spaces available for our truck drivers. I wonder who would really know best: the Government . . . or the drivers? On the other hand, a recent study by the Federal Highway Administration, reported that there will never be enough public rest areas to meet the needs of the professional truck driver. It also reported that in most states, the combination of private and public areas were sufficient to meet the demands.
Also, to make things worse, just today, March 9th, 2009 – The state of Virginia is considering closing all four rest areas along I-81.
What do you think? As a professional driver, is there enough parking spaces available for truckers? Where ever you are? Why do politicians, who have probably never even set foot in a big rig, believe that finding a place to park in an 18-wheeler is not a problem? Instead of looking at Government data, here is a suggestion for the political experts out there: go spend about 4 weeks in a semi and visit the real world!
As Mr. Thompson said to me, “I don’t know about you, but when I’m out there running it’s almost impossible to find a spot to shut down after 5 PM.”
Is the Government listening?
* Special thanks to Mr. Thompson for his contribution to this post.*
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