$125 million will be authorized to solve truck drivers problem
Truckers in Michigan and beyond hope that new bill will solve one of the major problems: truck parking.
The Truck Parking Safety Improvement Aсt is pending in the U.S. House. It is about “establishing a set-aside source of funding from existing U.S. Department of Transportation funding to create more parking spots”.
The bill would authorize $125 million for fiscal 2022 to create more parking areas.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 13% of commercial vehicle accidents happen due to the lack of parking spots. “Some of these rest areas have 20 spots and if you drive there at 2 am there’s probably 80 trucks here,” said truck driver Luke Gentis.
Overcrowding forces many drivers to park in unsafe areas. For example, along highways or in poorly lit places.
“The severe shortage of safe parking presents truckers with an untenable dilemma: Either keep driving when they are fatigued and possibly in violation of their federal hours-of-service requirement, or park in unsafe, sometimes illegal locations such as a roadside shoulder,” said American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear.
The drivers are very hopeful the bill be passed and it will be a real victory for the trucking industry. Truck drivers will be able to prove their worth, especially during a pandemic, when demand for the transportation of vital products is even higher.