Truckers tell Buttigieg: Prioritize truck parking

2021-04-21 | Press Release – OOIDA

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

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For Immediate Release

Truckers tell Buttigieg: Prioritize truck parking

Truck parking shortage should be addressed in Biden infrastructure bill

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent this letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg imploring the Biden Administration to include dedicated funding for truck parking in the American Jobs Plan infrastructure package. OOIDA has long advocated addressing a severe, national shortage of safe parking for long-haul truck drivers and says it’s time to do more than studies and reports. It’s time to add capacity!

“Finding a safe place to park is a daily challenge that makes it difficult for truckers to get needed rest and comply with federal hours-of-service regulations,” said Todd Spencer, president of OOIDA.  “We’ve been sounding the alarm on this issue for decades, pointing out the obvious connection to overall highway safety.”

The Association has worked for years to gain bipartisan support in Congress on the issue, but sees the infrastructure bill as a unique opportunity to make sure the needs of truck drivers, who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, are met. OOIDA has encouraged the Administration to include the bipartisan and industry-supported Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act, H.R. 2187, in the American Jobs Plan proposal.

“Our nation’s truckers are struggling to keep America moving,” said Spencer. “An investment like this is the ultimate opportunity to make a positive difference for them, the industry and the efficiency of the supply chain.”

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