Parking Shortage Blamed On Truckers

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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This is hysterical.

"The average trucker spends 56 minutes per day searching for parking costing $4700."

The hell i do. I must be way above average. It also blames this loss for drivers leaving the industry.

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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There has been a parking shortage in trucking for many decades. When I started driving in '93 it was a huge issue. Every month for the past 30 years it seems someone writes an article about how big the parking crisis is and how Washington DC needs to take action.

You know what they're going to be writing about 50 years from now? How the parking shortage is a major crisis and Washington needs to take action.

PJ's Comment
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Another excellent example of our tax dollars at work, NOT!!! States and communities need to work with private enterprise to put a dent in the issue. Looking to the federal gov’t to fix anything is like buying a ticket on the titanic...Love’s has jumped into actuon some, building many more and larger locations. Any DC or large customer of trucks should be mandated to put in parking since they are the ones bringing trucks into the area.. Some companies do that on their own, which is great, however they are the minority. just my cent and a half

G-Town's Comment
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You know what they're going to be writing about 50 years from now? How the parking shortage is a major crisis and Washington needs to take action.

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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You know what they're going to be writing about 50 years from now? How the parking shortage is a major crisis and Washington needs to take action.

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Yap. That's why I laugh when I hear people say how much the trucking industry has changed over the years. No, it hasn't. It's hardly changed a bit. A few of the logbook rules are different and some of the electronic gadgets are different. Otherwise it's hardly changed at all. The issues are the same as they've always been and the job is the same as it's always been. Trucking is trucking.

In fact, that's why I've always focused so hard on helping people understand the realities of life in the trucking industry and formulate a strategy for succeeding in trucking exactly the way it is. I see trucking as a "take it or leave it" kind of proposition, instead of constantly complaining about the issues or trying to be an activist. Nothing ever really changes in trucking, and as far as I can tell it may not change significantly for another 50 years.

So trying to force change in trucking is like finding a rock and yelling at it in hopes that it will change its shape. Good luck with that. You're going to be there for a while.

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Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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States should allow parking at scale houses, everyday I pass the same 2 on 80 and they do not allow people to park in the lot. People park on the ramp out of the scale which technically they are not supposed to do either but the state Police let it go.

They also need to revamps rest areas, spend less money on the buildings and more on parking.

Or you all can switch to day cabs I never have a problem parking. smile.gif

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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And towns like mine that refuse to allow truck stops (while complaining they need to attract business to grow the tax base) deserve to be boycotted by all drivers for a week or two. I bet they would change their tune.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I'm going to go against the grain here and say that I actually do blame truckers slightly for this issue.

Everywhere truckers park you can bet on 1 thing; trash and **** bottles on the ground. Next thing you know they need to employ someone just to clean up after grown men so the place doesn't end up looking like a trash facility.

Truckers are great at shooting themselves in the foot then crying foul.

Truckers manipulated their logbooks in illegal ways to drive illegally and drive for insane amounts of hours, now they take to the highways in "slow rolls" to show their displeasure while inconveniencing totally innocent motorists.

Most truckers dont know what a garbage can is and use **** bottles (none of my business) but then just throw it on the highways or parking areas. Making the words "Sanitary" and "Parking Spot" almost impossible to exist in the same sentence.

I'm sorry fellow drivers. But a lot of our problems are self-inflicted.

Let the debate begin (popcorn)

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Let the debate begin (popcorn)

I don't think there's any room for debate. I think it's pretty self-evident that drivers cause the majority of their own problems, including the terrible reputation the industry has had for decades. I was also going to add that the reason most people won't let truckers park there is because of the trash and pee bottles they'll leave behind.

Honestly I wish the largest players in the industry would find a way to raise the standards of driver image and behavior. One of the main reasons there's always a shortage of drivers is because of the horrible reputation truck driving has as a profession. If more companies would require the trucks to be clean on the inside, enforce some sort of standards for attire, and other similar rules for image and behavior it would help clean up the image of the industry a little bit and attract a larger number of high quality people.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Let the debate begin (popcorn)

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I don't think there's any room for debate. I think it's pretty self-evident that drivers cause the majority of their own problems, including the terrible reputation the industry has had for decades. I was also going to add that the reason most people won't let truckers park there is because of the trash and pee bottles they'll leave behind.

Honestly I wish the largest players in the industry would find a way to raise the standards of driver image and behavior. One of the main reasons there's always a shortage of drivers is because of the horrible reputation truck driving has as a profession. If more companies would require the trucks to be clean on the inside, enforce some sort of standards for attire, and other similar rules for image and behavior it would help clean up the image of the industry a little bit and attract a larger number of high quality people.

Yeah, I don't think anyone here would argue that point.

A while back on some trucking Facebook page, someone posted a sign from a shipper that wouldn't let truckers use their bathroom.

Last week, I used the bathroom at a shipper, and some idiot had stuffed a wad of toilet paper the size of a basketball in the urinal. No wonder some are fed up.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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