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The Virginia 2 Hour Parking Rule is Finally Over for Truckers


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.”

© 2009 – 2016, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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