Beginning with the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate and continuing with the need to allow more flexibility for driver’s hours of service (HOS), the issue of safe, overnight truck parking came to the forefront. The Covid-19 pandemic has taken that issue mainstream as more and more Americans have a greater understanding and appreciation of the American supply chain. To that end government agencies have a question; What makes a good truck stop?
A coalition of 10 metropolitan planning organizations and councils of government in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, the NJ Department of Transportation, the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC), and the NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) want to know. They compiled a survey seeking feedback and insights from TRUCK DRIVERS and FLEET OPERATIONS MANAGERS. The focus of this survey is to inform the creation and operation of truck rest areas throughout the region. Please share with your transportation stakeholders who are directly providing trucking services.
Providing safe truck parking has been a goal for both NYC EDC and DOT and this survey is the next step. They quickly opened two temporary truck parking facilities, one at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center and the other at the Global Container Terminal in Staten Island as a response to Covid-19.
These agencies have done so much terrific work to help accommodate the flow of goods and ensuring the supply chain’s ability to withstand the crises. It is wonderful that this coordination is taking place regionally as this goes far beyond a specific city or state issue. For years, truck drivers and fleet managers have been listed the lack of truck parking at or near the top of their concerns. Finally, government agencies and organizations are working to fix it. Help them out and take and share the survey.