Is finding safe truck parking a pain? Find out how to give DOT a piece of your mind.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking for input from truckers on the current truck parking situation in America.
The new survey will help federal agencies to update the inventory of truck parking for the first time since 2015. The information collected from truck drivers about the challenges they face finding safe parking will be used by authorities to allocate federal funds and shape solutions to meet the needs of the trucking community.
DOT will also be surveying each state to inventory truck parking at rest areas.
The survey is a follow up to a 2015 survey put in motion by Jason’s Law, named for Jason Rivenburg who was murdered in 2009 during a robbery attempt at an abandoned gas station that occurred because of a shortage of safe truck parking.
The 2015 survey found that 90% of drivers reported having trouble finding a parking spot, especially on weekdays. Additionally, 72.5 % of state DOTs reported that there was a problem with commercial vehicle parking in their state. The states with the worst trucking problems, according to the 2015 survey, were listed as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, Washington, and Oregon.