More than a third of US truck parking available during peak times: Trucker Path

by Truck News

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — An analysis of truck parking availability in the US by Trucker Path has shed new light on the issue.

Trucker Path, which developed a widely used app that allows truck drivers to upload truck parking spot availability in real-time, says the shortage of truck parking will only get worse when the industry mandates electronic logging devices (ELDs) in December 2017.

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The analysis by Trucker Path found that 12% of truck parking locations along the national highway system in the US are empty during peak hours on weekdays from 11 p.m. till 4 a.m. and 24% have empty spots, for a total of 36% availability. Trucker Path says more than 30% of Class 8 drivers can access the information via its Trucker Path Pro app. There are 400,000 active users posting 136,000 updates per week on available parking locations.

“The data makes it incredibly clear that access to information is key to addressing the truck parking shortage,” says Ivan Tsybaev, founder of Trucker Path. “Our crowdsourcing technology obtains updates from multiple users at each location to verify parking status and deliver highly accurate, real-time trip planning tools to professional drivers.”

The Trucker Path app also allows drivers to rate truck stops. The top nine locations based on 26,405 truck stops reviewed by users in the first quarter of this year are:

  • Kent Kwik, Alamagordo, N.M. (US 54 and 82)
  • Hixton Travel Plaza, Hixton, Wis. (I-94)
  • Fred’s Fuel & Food, Gilman, Ill. (I-57 and US 24)
  • Petro, Brazil, Ind. (I-70)
  • Pilot, Lincoln, Ala. (I-20)
  • Warren Travel Plaza, Warren, Ind. (I-69)
  • Pilot, Austintown, Ohio (I-80 and I-680)
  • Loves, Cumberland, Md. (I-68, US-40 and US-220)
  • Busy Bee, Live Oak, Fla. (I-10 and US-129)

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  • Here in Northeast after 7pm parking for truck is non existing or zero and truckers are forced to park in unsafe location like ramps side of highway or even worst many time I have to drive hours from one truck stop to another compliant or not to find a parking spot or many times I am forced to park in places were I have to risk my life because it’s in the middle of emty field or abandoned building.

  • Maybe Trucker Path has not taken into account the fact that in the middle of the night in these empty parking locations some rookie drive comes in, rips your fender off or worse and takes off. As an O/O I always parked where no other truck could park near me any chance I got.

  • I’ll make sure to tell my dispatcher to send me to locations where there is available parking. This analysis has a value equal to toilet paper. Non of your great places to park are in the US Northeast.

  • It is nice to have an app for everything is that app free??? and what about the new gig these days about reserved parking at the Flying J I assume it will be all becoming parking for a fee as we all know. The truck stop will have open gate to all reserved parking when these mandatory E-log be out.
    So my best guess will be rest area and it is much more quiet and some how safe.