ARLINGTON, Va. – A lack of truck parking is costing professional drivers in the US an average of US$4,600 in lost wages each year, as they spend time looking for parking spots that otherwise could have gone towards revenue-generating driving.
That’s a finding from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), which asked drivers to keep a Truck Parking Diary as part of its study. The study was conducted over 14 days of driving and represents 4,700 unique parking stops.
The study also found drivers looking for parking between 4 p.m. and midnight ran into a confluence of challenges, including increased search times and parking spaces taken up by non-commercial vehicles, forcing truckers to park on roadway shoulders or highway ramps.
On average, drivers spent 56 minutes of revenue drive time per day looking for parking spots. That means drivers are losing about 9,300 revenue-earning miles a year.
The study also found drivers using electronic logging devices (ELDs) were more likely than those using paper logs to spend over 30 minutes looking for a place to park.
“The lack of available truck parking creates a lot of stress for me and my fellow drivers,” said Stephanie Klang, a professional driver for CFI. “And, as ATRI’s diary research shows, it’s a number of things – from lack of capacity, concerns over running out of hours, time limitations on parking in public rest areas and customers not letting us park in their facilities – that all combine to make this a perennial issue for us.”