FMSCA seeks shippers’ help to provide parking for resting truckers
The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration asked shippers to determine where parking is available around their facilities for resting truckers.
Sufficient parking for truckers has become a bigger concern for the Transportation Department agency since the implementation of new hours of service rules for drivers.
FMSCA deputy administrator Warren Hoemann told shippers at the National Industrial Transportation League’s 2004 Policy Forum in Washington Monday that they should provide parking areas where possible “so drivers can get their rest and do so legally.”
Hoemann said the FMSCA is also considering the development of a satellite or local radio identification system, called “Smart Park,” to help drivers determine where available rest parking is anywhere along their routes.
Some shippers voiced concern about problems with cargo theft while trucks are stopped in parking areas. Hoemann said the agency will take security issues into consideration in developing its programs.