The number of big trucks on the road continues to increase, but the number of places to park remains low.
Looking further into the future, the American Trucking Association (ATA) estimates that over 20 BILLION TONS of freight will be transported in 2028, requiring over 4 MILLION Class 8 vehicles. But will those big rigs of the future have anywhere to park??
A story on Parking-net describes how some truck stops are full 24 hours a day, leaving some truckers to find alternative parking. It may not sound like a big deal, but parking in undesignated areas is never advisable. Parking on the side of the road may result in illegal-parking tickets or collisions from inattentive drivers, abandoned lots can place truckers in unsafe parts of town, and parking in private lots can result in heavy fines or even having your truck towed.
Plus, not having a place to park puts semi trucks back on the road, contributing to our nation’s heavy traffic problems. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that half of truckers in the city spend over an hour searching for parking. This is a problem that affects everyone on the road.
Complicating all of this are the mandatory rest breaks truckers are required to take. What are big rig drivers supposed to do when the law forces them to take a break, but there’s no where to park their vehicle?? Truckers continue to struggle with this issue, with no clear resolution in sight.
Do you struggle to find parking?? What is do you think is the solution?? Let us know in the comments below!!