Arlington, Virginia – Today, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear made the following statement after the Department of Transportation highlighted the need for improved truck parking in its Supply Chain Assessment of the Transportation Industrial Base: Freight and Logistics report:
“ATA is pleased to see the Department of Transportation and the Biden Administration have recognized that addressing the shortage of truck parking is a critical need. The report acknowledges what ATA and truck drivers have been saying for years: the lack of safe truck parking negatively impacts our tangled supply chain, and more importantly, it makes an already difficult job far more challenging.
“The scarcity of truck parking spaces across the country decreases safety for all highway users, exacerbates the industry’s longstanding workforce challenges, contributes negatively to driver health and well-being, diminishes trucking productivity, and results in unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions.
“We welcome President Biden’s and Secretary Buttigieg’s support for expanding truck parking capacity throughout the supply chain. We hope that DOT will use the historic increase in grant money in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to invest in projects that address this critical, growing and long-neglected obstacle to the safe and efficient delivery of the 72 percent of domestic freight that is moved by truck drivers.”