The Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) is calling on the US government to set aside $1 billion in infrastructure funding to address the nationwide truck parking shortage.
In a letter Monday to Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg, OOIDA president and CEO Todd Spencer said the Jobs and Infrastructure Investment Act represents an opportunity to do that.
“If truck drivers cannot find legal and safe parking, they are forced to park in unsafe locations, such as curbs or open spaces, or continue driving when they want to take a break. labor or violation of hours- service requirements,” he said. “This causes safety problems not only for truckers, but also for the public.”
The letter cites a December 2020 Jason Law Survey that found parking shortages were a major problem in every state and region. And while the infrastructure action highlights the states that will assess the problem, Spencer says that’s unfounded.
“We have passed the time to study and observe more. Instead, it’s time to take meaningful steps to expand truck parking capacity, and that starts with substantial federal investment.”
The proposed $1 billion investment has significant bipartisan support in Congress and from industry, he added. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio included $1 billion for truck parking construction in the House-passed highway bill, the INVEST in America Act. Ratings Member Sam Graves also tackles truck parking in the Better Rebuild Bill.
Truckers spend an average of 56 minutes daily driving to find parking, Spencer said.
The head of OOIDA even mentioned a presentation by MIT professor David Correll, who recently testified that adding just 18 minutes of driving time to the workday would solve the driver shortage.
“While we know there is no shortage of drivers, this shows that the time wasted looking for parking has a direct impact on the current situation. [supply chain] disruption,” he said.
“Unfortunately, there is hardly any federal funding dedicated to this problem because the states have never realized how serious this problem is for highway safety and efficiency. the totality of our nation’s supply chain.”
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