How real is the parking problem?

That’s not to say there isn’t a problem, because there is, but it may not be a shortage of spaces, but rather of the location of those spaces.

“On a nationwide basis, even on a statewide basis, there are more spaces available than demand,” explains Darrin Roth, vice president of highway policy at the American Trucking Associations (ATA). He tells FreightWaves, though, that while there are available spaces, some are located in remote areas. “Three-quarters of drivers report trouble finding spaces on a regular basis or at least once or twice a week.”

ATA is working with other organizations, including the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and the U.S. Department of Transportation to find solutions.