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$755 million truck parking bill advances in House

Bill amended so funds cannot be used for electric-vehicle charging

House T&I approves $755 million dedicated to truck parking. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves).

Legislation aimed at expanding truck parking facilities throughout the U.S. was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday and will advance to the House floor.

The Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act provides $755 million in competitive grants over four years (2023-2026) to expand truck parking capacity.

The legislation was introduced in March 2021 by U.S. Reps. Mike Bost, R-Ill., and Angie Craig, D-Minn. Similar legislation had been offered as an amendment in the House version of the infrastructure bill last year but did not make it into the final package Congress passed.

“This is long overdue,” said committee chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., during the bill’s markup Wednesday. “It’s one solution to try to make the lives of drivers safer and less stressful and perhaps allow for more [driver] retention. This will really help improve the efficiency of trucking.”

DeFazio added he hopes the bill receives “favorable attention” in the Senate. 

“It may be something that goes into the year-end omnibus [spending bill],” he said. “I hope we can pass it out of the House unanimously when we come back after the August break.”


Both the American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association championed the legislation in a joint letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in February.

“The availability of safe and secure truck parking is not just a challenge for current drivers, it is a barrier our industry must overcome in attracting new drivers — particularly women,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said Wednesday. “Solving it won’t just help today’s industry. It will go a long way toward helping trucking recruit and attract a more diverse workforce.” 

Projects eligible for funding include building additional parking capacity adjacent to private commercial truck stops and travel plazas; within the boundaries of or adjacent to a publicly owned freight facility, including a port terminal a public authority operates; and at existing facilities, including inspection and weigh stations and park-and-ride locations.

The original bill was amended Wednesday to ensure funds cannot be used for electric vehicles or EV charging.

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6 Comments

  1. Dale Jensen

    I cannot begin to comprehend why taxpayers should fund this private industry obligation. Problem is truckers resist paying for parking at private lots that need capital outlay, maintenance and property tax payments. No free lunch, what’s next, taxpayers pay for diesel fuel.

  2. Tompeccarelli

    How about opening closed down rest areas and make them truck parking only and expanding truck parking in them and existing ones. If there aren’t any facilities then put some portable ones in there temporarily.

  3. Chris Harris

    Public taxpayer money should not be used for this, ever or electric charging stations. And the previous dig a Republicans is a joke…your idiot administration has screwed this country up…

  4. Richard Davis

    $755 million over 4 yrs. is chicken feed compared to the 5 billion sent to Ukraine in less than a year. Not saying Ukraine doesn’t need help. But, They need to take care of their own before they take care of others. The big question is, will the Republicans in the Senate vote for it. Probably not, they want things to stay bad for everyone, not just truck drivers.

  5. Stephen Webster

    I agree with Bill but still have 30% of the new spots with 110 volt plug would reduce greenhouse emissions if done correctly. Ont Canada 🇨🇦 is also short about 13,000 parking spots

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John Gallagher

Based in Washington, D.C., John specializes in regulation and legislation affecting all sectors of freight transportation. He has covered rail, trucking and maritime issues since 1993 for a variety of publications based in the U.S. and the U.K. John began business reporting in 1993 at Broadcasting & Cable Magazine. He graduated from Florida State University majoring in English and business.
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