Truck parking program may get federal boost

Efforts to create a national “truck parking” management system may soon be getting some extra help from the U.S. Department of Transportation, according Dan Murray, vice president for the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), as truck parking is increasingly being viewed as a way to address driver fatigue issues.
In his keynote address at the Pegasus TransTech User Conference in Safety Harbor, FL, last week, Murray said that while truck parking doesn’t rank high on the industry’s list of top concerns – the tops slots taken by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, hours-of-service (HOS) reform, the health of the U.S. economy, and the driver shortage – lack of parking is seen as growing problem due to HOS rest period requirements.