As the folks with AsktheTrucker.com report a soon-to-be-released musical paean to the truck parking legislation known as Jason’s Law, there are at least two new blows to truck parking availability worldwide:
The first comes from Arnold, Mo., where state rep and former truck driver Tim Meadows was on record supporting an aggressive local ban on truck parking on on- and off-ramps in the city limits, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article about the ban. “We have trucks stops,” Meadows was quoted as saying, “two in Pevely, one in Herculaneum and one in Barnhart. Trucks belong parked in a terminal at night.”
The second’s on the Bahrain side of the King Fahd Causeway from Saudi Arabia — last time we checked in with truckers of the Mideast, Bahrainian transport reps were reported waits of in extreme cases a week on the causeway into Saudi Arabia, where chtanges in border crossing rules had brought the delays. This story, published Saturday at the website of the English-language Gulf Daily News, reported the jettisoning of a partial solution to the problem, a truckstop on the Bahrain side where trucks could stage before set crossing times. A similar stop on the Saudi side of the border, GDN reported, “can accommodate 600 trucks and features services such as a mosque, toilet facilities, restrooms, dining facilities and a customs and raffic police office.”
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.