More trucks on the road…and less parking

While the number of trucks on road is expected to grow, the number of places where trucks can park is lagging behind.

Salina.com reports on the shortage of truck stops and truck parking lots. Weary drivers are required by law to get the rest they need. But finding a place to stop can just as challenging as dealing with road and weather hazards.

The story quotes a 2005 study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, where only 34 percent of drivers said they can frequently find a spot to park and rest.

Possible solutions, besides building more truck stops, include a system that would place electronic sensors in the pavement of truck lots, alerting drivers by cell phone or other means that a spot is open.


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