National truck-parking driver survey launched

| May 15, 2013

truck stop parkingAn online survey being conducted to ferret out national needs for expanded truck parking availability is now under way. Drivers have through August 10 to complete the survey, accessible via this link.

It’s the product of the efforts of Hope Rivenburg, the widow of slain New York-based trucker Jason Rivenburg, whose story launched a driver-led movement toward better, safer parking availability for big rigs around the nation, beginning in 2009 after Rivenburg was robbed and murdered while parked at an abandoned commercial site in lieu of better options in South Carolina.

Created in concert with driver advocates, the comprehensive survey, says one of its primary proponents, fuel hauler and advocate Allen Smith, is aimed at pushing the U.S. DOT toward fulfilling the research mandate included in last year’s Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) highway bill. “Safe available truck parking has been an issue for professional truck drivers” for many years, Smith writes on his blog. “The situation has become more relevant as rest areas continue to close.”

Click through the image to take the National Truck Parking Survey.

Click through the image to take the National Truck Parking Survey.

The latest rest-area news — that many states, including Louisiana and New Hampshire most recently, were eyeing the rest-area privatization option in a last-ditch efforts to keep public rest areas open — saw no shortage of driver consternation on the safe-parking-availability topic last month.

“What are the states doing with all the road taxes we pay?” asked Brian Clark, commenting on the news at Overdrive‘s Facebook page. “Every time you drive down the road another rest area closes.”

Said Dex Jones under the same post, “We need more parking, no ifs ands or buts about it. Rest areas are shutting down everywhere, and most truck stops are full by 5 p.m.”

The notion of privatizing the rest areas didn’t sit well with some. “Private as in for-profit parking open at what cost?” asked Shari Denny. “If I bring my stamped 2290 can I park free?” The MAP-21 bill earmarks no particular amount of funding to boost truck-parking availability, a fact that watchers in the driver community have alternately viewed as a negative (it gives states no guidance on what level of funds they could potentially expect) and a big positive (if no amount is marked, the possibilities are unlimited).

The new survey at the least, creators hope, will give regulators a good idea of where exactly the needs are largest. You can take the time to participate and make your own parking needs known by completing the survey via this link.

  • Allen Smith

    Thank you Todd and Overdrive Mag for continuing your support for the professional driver.

    Hope Rivenburg has been an inspiration to many by starting this
    project, as even the DOT contacted her when they heard about it,
    requesting a meeting with her and Congressman Tonko on April 22, 2013 in
    Albany, NY.

    Although the DOT had no input in the creation of the survey, Hope will
    be sharing with them the results. They are expected to attend her
    Presentation in KC, MO in October.

    Drivers are eagerly signing on and taking this survey as parking is a
    topic that has been one of the most serious safety issues for them for
    over 20 years.

    In less than 12 hours the survey has had over 250 responses when posted on FaceBook and Twitter.

    We are asking that all those who are sincerely concerned about the
    safety and well being of professional drivers share this survey;
    either on their websites, journals, news reports, or social media

    Survey Link

  • No Reform

    If there was a REAL driver shortage their would be plenty of available parking…….their is only a shortage of REAL CHEAP drivers to make greedy hogs RICHER.

  • dennis

    couldn’t say it any better myself, you hit the nail on the head. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.