U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of Public Affairs
EDITORS AND CORRESPONDENTS
The sight of trucks parked along highways while their drivers sleep may be
due in large measure to a nationwide need for more public and private truck
parking spaces, according to a study commissioned for the Federal Highway
The study, titled "Commercial Driver Rest and Parking Requirements --
Making Space for Safety," says current demand for truck parking spaces on
interstate highways appears to exceed the number available. The shortfall is
predicted to grow in the next five to ten years.
The report contains the first comprehensive and systematic description of
public truck rest areas across the U.S. It includes a national database on
facilities and their usage, models of utilization and future demand, and a guide
for states and other jurisdictions to use in determining rest area needs and
To determine whether private truck stops might alleviate some of the
shortage, the research surveyed a number of their operators. Results indicated
that private spaces to be added in the next three years might help relieve the
shortage. Yet the report found that truck drivers use public and private parking
for different reasons, such as length of stay, security, food or rest needs
dictating their choices.
Under the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995, the states have
the option of using 100 percent federal funding to finance public rest area
modifications or construction.
Copies of the executive summary of the report are available at no charge
from the Office of Motor Carrier Research and Standards (HCS), 400 Seventh
Street, S.W., Room 3107, Washington, DC 20590.
George L. Reagle
Associate Administrator for Motor Carriers