Secure Truck Parking: FMCSA’s Hutcheson Says Federal Agencies Will Team Up To Ease Shortage | 2022-03-31

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Louisville, KY – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration “really feels the urgency” to address a nationwide shortage of safe parking spaces for truckers who must comply with federally mandated breaks, the Acting Administrator said of the agency, Robin Hutcheson, on March 24 during a roundtable with the media. at the Mid America Trucking Show.

A report published the same day in the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s land line The magazine notes that Hutcheson called the issue “one of the top two or three” that FMCSA hears about, adding that the message has “reached to the top of the US government.”

Federal hours of service regulations require truckers to park and rest after being on duty for long periods of time. In a February 18 letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear and OOIDA President and CEO Todd Spencer ask the department of Transport to prioritize funding for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to address the problem.

“We know we need to work on this,” Hutcheson said during the roundtable, according to the report. “We know this needs to be resolved. We hear again and again: “I would be a safer driver if I had a place to rest. It’s up to us to make sure we focus on that and do everything we can.

She added that the FMCSA will work with the Federal Highway Administration to remedy the problem. She identified as first steps reviewing funds available for additional truck parking and ensuring state freight plans include truck parking needs.

During a March 2 hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Buttigieg said the DOT was “very concerned” about the lack of truck parking, calling it a convenience, safety and security issue. of emissions. He suggested that state DOTs might consider seeking funding for truck parking from:

In another roundtable update, reported on March 28 by Overdrive magazine, Hutcheson said a pilot apprenticeship program that would allow commercial vehicle drivers under the age of 21 to drive trucks across state lines will not begin “until the end of the summer, at earlier”.

Hutcheson said the program, established by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, needed a more secure “data collection methodology” before it could be implemented.

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