The urgent need for more truck parking spaces

In Politics by Michael Rae

Across the United States, truck-borne freight is critical to the nation’s supply chain. Truck drivers are incredibly important to the U.S. economy, carrying 44% of the nation’s overall freight tonnage over the last five years. However, truck drivers often find themselves facing a choice between parking illegally or ignoring federal hours-of-service rules which govern how long a truck driver can drive each day. Doing the latter can lead to fines, license suspension, or loss of Department of Transportation (DOT) certification to carry goods. 

Under current hours-of-service rules, truckers can drive 14 hours a day before going off-duty. Sometimes drivers spend almost