The Trucking Crisis is a great video that we found that was produced by Glenn Beck. He talks about the trucking crisis and how it has a direct and indirect effect on every one of us in the United States. We need to look at this information and consider how are we going to live without trucking and the fixes that need to be made in order to continue the delivery of goods. We need to see better wages and better, safer conditions for drivers. We are directly involved in this crisis by trying to supply truck parking for driversthat is safe and affordable across the nation. Truck Depot LLC wants to become the Mcdonalds of the truck parking industry. We want drivers to be able to park, rest, relax, meet the federal laws for driving, and be physically safe while doing that. We want driver to know that no matter where they are driving when they see a truck depot llc sign that they will be assured of the same safety and quality no matter where they are.
So go ahead and check out the replaying of Glenn Beck and share with someone you know or even with your state reps about the need for a working partnership of state, federal, and private industries working together to create more safe environments for drivers thus allowing society to get the supplies needed for daily life.
The Truck Parking Crisis 2019 is just a short little update on what changes have taken place in the industry for truck parking needs across the United States and here at the truck depot. To begin with, there have been some changes to some of the states in regards to addressing the issue of truck parking since last year. States that I can mention that have done more than just gone into more and more statistical studies are Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Wyoming. It is seemingly more than just a fact that most states in the union agree that the parking situation is a crisis that needs to be addressed, sooner than later. The federal Department of Transportation agrees with the consensus of the states, and has even ear marked billions of dollars in grants for the purposes, on finding a solution for drivers to park. This is where things continue to become cloudy, and a bit confusing. Similar to the Simpsons cartoon episode where the Lyle Lanley states that a town with money is like a mule with a spinning wheel, It seems many states DOT’s are not sure what or how to do with the extra funds. Let me explain here better.
It seems that everyone in the logistics industry, and those that are affected directly by logistics and the parking issue, agree that there is a truck parking crisis. The federal government acknowledges the issue and even has created funds to come up with a fix for the parking issue. Yet, as drivers, and those in the private industry of logistics, regularly hear and see that the answers to the problem are either another technology software app, that promises to find available parking across the nation for drivers or promises more efficient ways of matching drivers and available freight. I do not want to be seen as unappreciative or one that does not believe that technology is a great asset in the process of fixing the parking issue. The only thing I continue to see, as a disconnect, is that one of the most important components of the truck parking crisis is the lack of places, (real Estate), to park those trucks in need.
The analogy I keep coming up with is, it being like having an incredible computer that can do anything you ask of it with perfect results, but not having any actual computer to run the software on. A Ferrari is an incredible machine to drive and can do things most automobiles will never be able to match. Without any roads, the Ferrari is simply just a large bundle of gears and parts. The truck parking crisis is a reality and one that all agree needs a fix. Until both, private and public entities, can come together and work on a plan, or partnership, to create not only better software for more efficient logistics and mobile apps that can find on demand live listings of available parking, there needs to be a place to park. We need to earmark infrastructure. There are a handful of state DOT’s that are doing more than apps and research and they are working to create a partnership that will produce the physical spaces needed to allow all of the software and apps to do their job. We cannot blame the truck stops for not having enough locations, as they are dealing with serious environmental laws from federal, state, and local governments that make it very costly and difficult to build out new truck stops.
I would like to reach out to the drivers and the state DOT’s that are looking for a way to implement an actual plan or ideas about creating the locations for parking. We are so happy, and proud, to be a part of the state of Nevada, Oregon, and Washington departments of transportationthat are working collectively to create those spaces where trucks can park after finding them on an mobile application. So, if you are a driver and have an opinion or insights as to what you feel would help, reach out to us or comment on this article. If you work as part of a state DOT and have questions or insights reach out to us, we are looking for more ways to help each other and the communities of drivers and people across the country.
The Truck Parking Crisis – Responsibility of the State or Private Industry
Truck Driving, more specifically The Truck Parking Crisis, is a factor that has an effect on everyone in every industry and walk of life. 2019 is going to be a dramatic year of rises and falls in our economy, our politics, and the trucking industry. We can no longer turn a blind eye to the facts that every single American is touched, in some way, by the Truck Parking Crisis. As a person that works for a company that has been, and continues to, be hard at work to creating answers to the Truck Parking Crisis in America, I decided to look into how and who it effects.
If you are a truck driver then you know the truck parking nightmare all too well. As a driver, that is a driver for a company and not an owner/operator, you are impacted directly by the “Hours of Service” laws. The laws that mandate how much you can work and the mandatory times you must come to a stop within a 24-hour period. The public, at large, do not realize that the “hours of service” law is the case for drivers and how it affects their work day. If we were to ask a professional in any career, other than professional truck driver, to only work so many hours and then at the limit of those hours they had to come to a complete stop no matter what, how would that work. I will give just a simple scenario here as an example. What would it look like if it were a doctor? Now, more often than not a doctor, in a busy metropolitan environment, works shifts in a hospital of up to 36 hours straight, with some intermittent naps if possible. In many cases naps are just not always commonly available due to the constant onslaught of patients coming in as emergencies. So, what would most of us do if we, or a loved one of ours, were to be rushed into a hospital emergency room, via a horrible car accident, and the doctor on duty said to us;
“Sorry I really would love to help but the fact is my hours that I am allowed to work have just come up and I am required to either sit here and do nothing or go home and do nothing for the next 14 hours.”
Some of you are thinking that my example here is not a fair comparison. But, what if the freight on a truck were something needed so bad that it might save a life, like medications to a pharmacy or? Of course, the example is not going to be allowed. Such a situation, within the world of medicine directly affecting too much of our society, would never be allowed by private and governmental departments working together to ensure this type of situation remains hypothetical. Yet, the direct and the indirect effects of the trucking and logistics industry touch every one of our lives in the United States and beyond. As I have mentioned, in previous talks, look around in your life, and see if there is anything, be it a product or service, that has not spent some time or have had some connection to being on a truck. 76% of all logistics move on commercial trucks. When it is examined the statistic is that on a daily basis there are 1.5 million trucks on the road looking for a safe place to park and of that need there are only 300,000 parking spaces potentially available.
We know there is an enormous demand for truck parking across the United Statesand we know that the demand is only going to continue to grow. Yet, the local, state, and federal government offices continue to do research programs and simply stop there. So, then the questions beg as to who will pick up the slack and help move forward. Don’t get me wrong, I am not here trying to blame the government offices across the United States for the truck parking crisis. I am simply trying to bring it out of the dark ages of simply researching a fact, that we all know exists, and then let it end there. I am suggesting that the government offices, state to state, begin to be more open and willing to work with private industry to create the parking facilities that our industry, and the world of commerce and public safety need. It is going to take more than simply knowing the statistical numbers. Those of us in the traffic and logistics industries, including the government departments, know what the statistics are and have been historically and that they will do nothing but grow with increased speed. This is not an epidemic that will be cured by autonomous trucks. We, as a society, as an industry, and as an economy need an answer today and in the near (3 years or less) future. So, what is the answer to this issue?
There is no single quick fix answer to this issue but there is a fact that both sides of the issue must face. I believe, that the government departments at the city, county, state, and federal levels have to get past the simple statistics and look towards working with private companies, that have been in the truck parking space for more than just a few months as an extension of another business. They have to be willing to work with such companies as “Partners” in business. Give tax breaks, give true help for land use zoning, be willing to give government land leases to the companies that are actually in the business of helping and answering the needs of the driver, the freight industry, and the communities they are needed in. I can only speak from our experience in that we have been fortunate enough to be currently working with Washington State DOT, Oregon State DOT, and Nevada State DOT, and private companies like Amazon logistics and how helpful they have been to work towards developing a working relationship that is more than just simple statistics and more of a business relationship. All of our efforts have been in order to achieve a successful outcome for not only the drivers and the logistic companies, but for the economies they are a part of and seek to help.
The truck parking crisis is not something that will go away. The truck parking crisis is not something that will be remedied in one to three years. The truck parking crisis is something that will increase every year with no end in sight for the foreseeable future. The truck parking crisis affects every single one of us in the entire United States and thus will take a “Real” working partnership of government and private industry. As I am writing this article, we are the 22nd day of the United States Government shut down. As a nation, we are beginning to feel, and see, the ramifications of what can happen when one side cannot work with the other side in unison. I believe, and truly hope for our industry and that of the American society, that state and federal departments can begin working hand in hand with private industry to remedy the Truck Parking Crisis.