WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) joined Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Jon Tester (D-MT) to introduce the bipartisan Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act, legislation that would create a short-term authorization of funds to increase truck parking capacity and improve existing truck parking infrastructure.
“Truckers play a crucial role in our supply chain. Arkansas truckers have shared with me the difficulties they frequently experience in finding a safe location to park as they transport goods and products across the country,” Boozman said. “The Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act is an investment that will make it easier for these drivers to find reliable parking, and improve efficiency, while protecting all motorists on the roads.”
“There is a significant and pervasive shortage of truck parking in the U.S. – only about one space for every 11 truck drivers. We thank Sen. Boozman for recognizing the need to provide truck parking when and where it’s needed, so professional drivers can get back on the road to safely deliver America’s freight,” said Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton.
“Parking for large commercial trucks remains a major problem for truckers. Members of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies face challenges every day finding safe parking locations. NASTC supports the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act and appreciates Senators Mark Kelly and Cynthia Lummis for their leadership and sponsorship of this much-needed bill," said David Owen, President of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies.
In a recent Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Boozman called on Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to support a long-term solution to ease the truck parking crisis.