2013 Safe Truck Parking Survey
Truck drivers are providing a service. They are 1% serving the 99%, do we not have an obligation to keep them safe as we would our armed service members who serve overseas to protect us? Are we not obligated to provide them with safe haven when they have completed a day of service to our country?
The goal of this survey is to bring awareness to the fact that there is significant lack of safe available commercial vehicle parking space, on or near interstates, for truck drivers who want or need to park.
For over 20 years, safe available truck parking has been an issue for professional truck drivers. The situation has become more relevant as rest areas continue to close. Many times drivers are forced to drive either sleepy or park illegally on ramps, shoulders, etc. Other times they are forced to park in unsafe isolated areas, such as the case of Jason Rivenburg, who was murdered as he rested in an abandoned gas station.
The Federal Government strictly enforces hours of service, and yet many times drivers are forced to run over their HOS in order to locate truck parking. Drivers and companies are also scrutinized by the enforcement of CSA, experiencing the legal repercussions of being unable to find safe truck parking.
As EOBRS are scheduled to be mandated, the parking problem can only worsen as drivers will find themselves in a situation that will not allow them to legally drive further.
In 2012 Jason's Law was passed and is now part of the Transportation Bill MAP 21. Jason's Law would allow funding for more safe truck parking, HOWEVER, a D.O.T study needs to be performed in order to allow funding for those states who demonstrate the need for it.
We believe it is those directly AFFECTED by this shortage of safe truck parking, mainly drivers and companies, who should be "the voices" taking part in this survey.
Your participation in this survey is vital in order that we may end the truck parking crisis affecting so many.
Your survey will remain anonymous and the results of this survey will be shared with the DOT.
Thank you for taking a proactive stand and being a crucial part of POSITIVE CHANGE and HISTORY!
This survey will take approximately 10-20 minutes