DELTA, B.C. — The province of B.C. is building a truck parking lot in Delta, which will accommodate up to 40 tractor-trailers and provide washroom facilities.
The parking lot was announced by Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.
“Operating a commercial vehicle is demanding work, and truck drivers need safe, convenient places to park overnight,” said Stone. “The addition of new truck parking facilities in the Lower Mainland is just one of a number of commitments our government has made in B.C. on the Move to address efficiency and safety improvements for the trucking industry.”
The parking facility will be located on provincial land on Nordel Way at Hwy. 91. Work there will begin this fall with construction set to begin next spring.
“When heavy trucks have no safe, convenient place to park, they end up on our residential streets or on agricultural land,” said Surrey-Fleetwood MLA and Minister of Education Peter Fassbender. “The addition of this facility will remove some trucks from Surrey streets and improve conditions for commercial drivers.”
The province said this is the first of two new truck parking facilities that will be built in the Lower Mainland.
The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) welcomed the announcement.
“B.C.’s road system is the workplace of commercial vehicle operators,” said Louise Yako, BCTA president and CEO. “It’s extremely important to provide them with access to parking facilities that accommodate their vehicles and their needs. BCTA welcomes the Ministry’s investment in this new facility and its foresight in including truck parking generally as a priority in its new Provincial Trucking Strategy.”
She hopes the addition of better parking facilities will help the industry attract more drivers.
“The trucking industry is facing a projected shortage of 2,200 to 4,500 drivers in B.C. by 2020,” she said. “To attract new recruits to truck driving, we need to be thinking beyond compensation and scheduling. What is their day going to be like? Taking the guesswork out of something as simple as where to park will help.”