Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey Results and Comparative Analysis
Jason’s Law, Industry only truck parking survey and study in response to the death of a single truck driver parking in an unsafe area while for years the danger to the public and the deaths of thousands of parking victims went ignored including to the present day! Victim’s family’s lost loved ones and many are financially wiped out for generations by a legal system run by corporate attornies and with campaign donations to judges, prosecuting attornies, and legislators. Safety groups which have been changed to trucking unions with an influx of truck drivers interested in safety mainly concerning their own working conditions with issues such as fatigue taking all of the money and effort towards safety. These parking efforts place all blame for illegal parking and killing on fatigue and lack of parking and not on dangerous choices and poor planning and on refusal to pay for parking by a third or more of truck drivers. Thousands have been killed by illegally parked trucks on high-speed roadways including law enforcement and other truck drivers and we cannot find a single death by a truck driver being asked to move from an illegal and dangerous location and yet, fatigue groups claim it is safer to leave the illegally parked truck than moving it to a safer location and our government and too many law enforcement officers buy into this phoney propaganda! The safety of truck drivers and blaming fatigue for criminal decisions is the outcome of banning public and parking victim input and participation. Drivers preferred free parking, drivers preferred parking on or near high-speed highways, and drivers chose to not place triangles or pre-plan parking before leaving on their route. Their choices were all forgiven by these groups and studies that deliberately excluded other voices. Trucking victims must be recognized as stakeholders especially as most of the costs have been born by them in an unjust legal system! See quotes from Jason’s Law below:
Stakeholders cite safety challenges where parking shortages create scenarios where trucks are parking along the entrance and exit ramps and shoulders of highways. When trucks park on shoulders or ramps of highways, maneuvering in and out of traffic to access or exit the shoulders and ramps poses safety risks to the truck driver and other vehicles due to the mix of higher speed traffic and the slower speeds of the trucks in and out of these areas. Crashes involving trucks parked on shoulders and ramps of higher speed traffic and have been reported and have involved injuries and fatalities. Stakeholders from the driver community have often discussed the challenges of parking in these types of locations but cite the reasons of doing so due to shortages.
The Law Enforcement Dilemma
Trucks that park along limited-access highways present a difficult problem for law enforcement. Parking on the shoulder of a limited-access highway is prohibited by law in most States. Vehicles parked on the shoulders of these roadways are a serious potential hazard to other motorists because they are fixed objects within the roadway cross-section that are unprotected by a barrier or horizontal buffer area.
However, law enforcement officials presented with clear violations of these statutes may be reluctant to enforce them because of the dilemma presented by a situation involving a truck driver who must observe Federal HOS regulations but may not be able to find a safe place to park off the highway. A driver sleeping in a truck parked on the side of a highway may be more of a danger to other motorists if he or she is awakened and ordered to vacate the premises. Police officers presented with this scenario often find themselves in the uncomfortable position of weighing the competing hazards of an illegally parked truck and a fatigued driver.
Truck Parking Initiatives
The last two decades have seen a convergence of a number of factors that have raised the profile of truck parking on a national, regional and State level. The primary issues of concern include the safety aspects of fatigued truck drivers when trucks are parked on shoulders and ramps along highway segments due to insufficient parking capacity and overflowing rest facilities, and the personal safety of truck drivers who must park for rest requirements but are often unable to find adequate parking when and where they need it. The research on truck parking metrics documented in Section IV of this report includes a number of studies that have been undertaken by public agencies and private industry groups at various levels. The 2002 FHWA study was a transformational effort that included an analysis of various factors that generate parking demand aside from the geographic locations and other characteristics of existing public and private facilities. Other studies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania were performed using the same underlying analytical approach as the 2002 FHWA study, while various studies completed by State DOTs have typically focused on capacity, demand, and operational issues on a facility-by-facility basis.
Washington State Truck Parking Study
WSDOT identifies key industry stakeholders, best practices from other states, factors influencing parking demand, truck parking supply and capacity, key truck parking issues and concerns, opportunities for improvements and next steps to continue truck parking efforts.
Public safety, parking victims safety and input, and parking victims are not stakeholders take a back seat to commerce and the safety and profits of companies and truck drivers. Parking safety training is not part of the solution, driver choices not part of the solution!
National Coalition on Truck Parking: Activity Report, 2015-2016
This document summarizes the first year of activities by members of the National Coalition on Truck Parking. The Coalition was established by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and several stakeholder organizations representing the trucking industry, commercial vehicle safety officials, State Departments of Transportation, and the truck stop industry to address truck parking problems across the nation. The Coalition conducted regional meetings to share ideas for parking capacity, technology and data, funding, finance and regulations, and regional and local government coordination. Key take-aways from the meetings are described in the report.
Once again U.S. DOT does not recognize the public or parking victims as stakeholders!!! Safety is not part of the idea sharing. It is fatigue, lack of free parking and never unsafe and criminal choices by drivers and companies! Parking safety training and arrival scheduling and receivers providing parking as cost of doing business receive little if any discussion.