The long entailed battle of the 2 hour Parking Law in Virgina is finally over! On June 18th, 2009 it was made official that the 2 hour commercial parking rule was replaced with ” no overnight parking” signs.
The state of Virgina had been forcing Truckers to break Federal Law by waking them up after only 2 hours of rest( parking,) before they could complete their 10 hour rest/break required by Federal law. Besides forcing them to break Federal law, a serious safety risk was at stake by allowing sleepless drivers to share the roads with other innocent drivers and vehicles.
Although the 2 hour parking law in Va had been in existence for many years, it was the relentless and persistent approach of Fred and JB Schaffner of The American Driver , which would eventually lead to the victory of ending it . Their continuous phone calls, letters, and even petition to the FMCSA, created an onslaught of followers and eager participants to help in their quest to end this dangerous law. JB and Fred got the ball rolling and and did not allow any obstacle to stop it’s momentum.
We would like to thank JB, Fred, and the many supporters who have contributed in the efforts to change the 2 hour Parking law in Virginia to an ” no overnight parking” rule. We also would like to thank Mr Jeffrey Caldwell, VDOT Chief of Communications, who played a major role in the change of this 2 hour Rule. Mr Caldwell was willing and gracious enough to address the situation on April 15, 2009 on Truth About Trucking Live Blog Talk Radio Show with Host Allen Smith, and guests JB and Fred Schaffner. You can listen to the show and hear JB and Fred Schaffner as they ask Mr Caldwell to address the serious issues facing truck drivers as they travel through Virginia.
We’ve spoken to JB and Fred on numerous occasions, and this victory is now in the past. They’re already addressing other issues on their agenda in order to aid drivers towards a better future. We’re grateful to them and to ALL who have recently joined forces together, sharing our one common goal and interest of, “raising the standards of the trucking industry.”
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