In the past decade, the
But the surge in those industries comes with unplanned consequences. Aside from additional congestion and the deterioration of highways, truckers are increasingly finding nowhere to park their trucks for their mandatory breaks. In other cases, truckers find themselves with time to kill until they can unload their cargo,
“Trucks arrive early, but the companies won’t let them onto the lot,” Bradley said.
Parking shortages aren’t unique to the
“In cities both large and small, truck deliveries is something we need to start thinking about,” said
Federal data from 2014 shows
The problem has been compounded by the industry’s recent switch to electronic logging devices, which keep up-to-the-second records of when tractor trailers are on the road. The federal government has strict rules on how long truckers can be behind the wheel, and the electronic records now remove drivers’ abilities to fudge the numbers. As a result, truckers who find themselves stuck in unexpected delays can find themselves unable to reach parking spots they may have targeted hours or days earlier, said
“It forces them to park in non-designated spots. It forces them to park where they really don’t want to park,” Stewart said.
While residents rarely like hosting truck stops or parking facilities, there is a safety aspect to consider, Stewart said. A study has found that fatigue-related truck crashes dropped within 30 miles of a truck stop as drivers felt they could safely pull over.
While the private sector has started to address the change, some in the crowd argued there’s little economic incentive for companies to solve the problem. Parking for 100 trucks would fill 60 acres, and the high land prices up and down the
“Those truck stop operators don’t want them to stay there. They want them to spend their money and move on,” the man said.
Another argued that municipalities have a responsibility to require new warehouses to provide parking and basic amenities likes showers and coffee for truckers. Basic formulas like requiring a public truck parking spot for every 10 parking spots they create can help address the problem, he said.
“There’s no excuse why that can’t be done here,” he said, saying it’s long been in place in
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