The Senate Truck Parking Bill has recently gained the support of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and is being applauded by the organization. The bill, introduced by U.S. Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ), aims to provide federal funding to improve truck parking facilities nationwide. The proposed legislation would allow the competitive grant funding of $755 million to increase commercial truck parking space nationwide.
The shortage of safe and adequate truck parking has been a significant issue for the trucking industry for many years. It not only affects the safety of truck drivers but also hurts the transportation system’s efficiency. The lack of parking spaces forces truck drivers to park in unauthorized and sometimes unsafe locations, leading to accidents, theft, and other problems.
The Senate Truck Parking Bill is a significant step forward in addressing this issue. If passed, the bill would provide $755 million in federal funding over five years to improve the capacity and safety of truck parking facilities across the country. The funds would be used to construct, expand, and enhance truck parking facilities and for advanced technology solutions such as real-time parking availability information.
The ATA has welcomed the bill and praised Senators Lummis and Kelly for their leadership in addressing the truck parking issue. The organization believes that the legislation will help improve safety, reduce congestion, and enhance the efficiency of the trucking industry.
“A persistent, widespread lack of commercial truck parking strains our supply chain and endangers the safety of all drivers on the road.” According to ATA President and CEO Chris Spear, this carefully drafted legislation encourages public-private partnerships to increase truck parking capacity while providing the necessary investments to address the issue.
The bill has also received support from other industry groups and stakeholders, including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and the National Association of Truck Stop Owners (NATSO).
- According to a U.S. Department of Transportation study, 98% of drivers routinely have trouble obtaining secure parking.
- According to the same study, a severe truck parking shortage along important freight lines affects every state and region.
- Because of this frequent occurrence, 70% of drivers have been compelled to break federal hours-of-service regulations.
- According to the American Transportation Research Institute, truck drivers frequently park before using all their travel time to ensure they can find a safe and legal location, giving up 56 minutes of important drive time each day.
- The average driver loses $5,500 in direct wages due to the time spent hunting for truck parking spots, which equates to a 12% reduction in yearly income.
The Senate bill introduces new financing eligibility standards, which take into account the personal safety of drivers. The absence of secure parking choices is often a significant barrier to more women entering the sector. Also, the bill would provide money for regular maintenance costs, as state transportation authorities frequently point to maintenance costs as a barrier to increasing parking capacity.
Overall, the Senate Truck Parking Bill is an important development for the trucking industry and has the potential to improve the safety and efficiency of the transportation system significantly. Its passage would represent a significant victory for truck drivers and the broader industry.
TMS-Digital recognizes the proposed increased funding for truck parking facilities could lead to improved infrastructure and more parking options for truck drivers. This could reduce the time and resources spent searching for safe and legal parking, ultimately leading to more efficient and profitable operations.
Additionally, TMS-Digital supports the bill’s focus on technology solutions such as real-time parking availability information and driver safety. As a company specializing in digital solutions for the trucking industry, TMS-Digital sees opportunities to develop and integrate new technology to support the bill’s goals. Contact us today to learn about driver safety and a cutting-edge solution for your trucking company.