Trucking and travel plaza leaders have launched the Park My Truck App to help professional drivers find truck parking.
Drivers who need to stop and rest will be able to use the free mobile app to locate an available space. It was created as part of an initiative by the NATSO Foundation, NATSO, American Trucking Associations and the American Transportation Research Institute.
Park My Truck includes the total number of truck parking spaces for nearly 5,000 truckstops in the U.S. as well as information for some rest areas. Participants reporting available truck parking information include independent truckstops as well as chain locations representing 150,000 truck parking spaces.
"Finding a safe place to park is a consistent issue for drivers in our industry," said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. "While we would love to see the number of spaces increase, tightening state and federal highway budgets will limit the opportunity to expand parking capacity for the foreseeable future.
"It is important we have ways to let drivers know where the spaces currently exist, which is why this app, developed in cooperation with ATRI and NATSO, is so important. Directing drivers to safe parking spaces will give them opportunity to get the rest they need and the off-duty time they are required to have."
Park My Truck is accessible for free on the internet or through a smartphone app to all professional drivers, trucking fleets, state and other administrators of highway rest areas.
To contribute to the service, truck parking operators need only to have internet access and the ability to count available spaces, whether by observation or by electronic means. Truck parking providers can contact the NATSO Foundation at (703) 549-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org to establish an account to provide truck parking availability.
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