Overnight Parking At Rest Areas.

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Matt H.'s Comment
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A lot of rest areas are posted "no overnight parking"

Does this apply to trucks?? Just campers and cars?? What's the deal?

http://www.interstaterestareas.com/overnight-parking-rules/

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Susan D. 's Comment
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Nobody is going to stop you from taking your 10 hour break in a rest area as long as you are legally parked and not obstructing the entrance or exit.

I really think those signs have more to do with unfortunate souls who may be homeless and sleeping in cars.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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I've never been chased out of a rest stop. And I've seen lots of overnighter 4-wheelers, too.

I believe the cops have figured out it's better to let drivers sleep in the rest areas than to scrape them off the pavement.

Dave Reid's Comment
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I've never had a problem parking 10-12 hours at a rest area. If you're in a legal parking spot you should be fine. If when you arrive there is no good spot and you are forced to park creatively, leave your marker lights on and get up and move to a proper space later.

This will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but it is very unlikely for law enforcement to hassle you at a rest area unless you're causing a problem and generating complaints, or possibly parked in an improper space that someone has complained about in the past. I was a reserve officer for many years and served as second officer in a partrol vehicle at night. We certainly would not have hasseled a trucker unless the trucker was causing a problem for others and we were receiving complaints.

A lot of rest areas are posted "no overnight parking"

Does this apply to trucks?? Just campers and cars?? What's the deal?

http://www.interstaterestareas.com/overnight-parking-rules/

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Matt M.'s Comment
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Like has been said, no one will bother you in a spot. There's a couple of rest areas I believe on a toll road in Illinois that have signs that trucks can park 2 hours max, I've never seen it enforced and have taken 10s in those as well.

You will see folks parked up and down entrance and exit ramps at rest areas, I have seen in different states state police writing tickets to these folks. Not often, but it happens. Not a great idea to park like that but you do what you have to do. It's worth noting that parking violations, though they can be expensive, are not moving violations and not much to worry about other than the fine. Your company will get notified though.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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