Stop Increasing Reserved Parking at Truck Stops
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There are over 10 million CDL (Commercial Driver's License) holders in the U.S. and there are between 2.5 million and 3 million trucks on the road today at any given time. More trucks means the need for more parking spots. So that drivers can safely and legally take their federally mandated breaks. Unfortunately, there are not enough parking spots to support the industry and it is only getting worse.
Many of the truck stops have made the choice to take spots from their current locations and convert them into paid and reserved spots. Forcing drivers to pay fees of an extra $15 (or more) a night for a resource that was already dwindling.
That means that a driver will be spending on average an extra (for a six day work week):
- $90 a week
- $360 a month
- $4320 a year
And the national per diem hasn't been changed to compensate the driver for such an increase of cost.
Recently, these same truck stops have made the decision to designate a larger amount of spots from conventional to paid and reserved spots. Taking the amount of paid spots from perhaps 5% to in many cases almost 30% or more of the lot.
This is simply unacceptable.
What does this mean for the average person?
With the increase of fuel prices and regulations, logistics industries often have to raise their prices to move freight. Now, truck stops have made the decision to add another dollar to these prices to increase their own profit. Essentially, solely making a choice that impacts everything from the cost of toilet paper to the cost of rent.
Why doesn't a truck driver park somewhere else?
Almost everywhere a truck driver goes there are signs telling him or her that they cannot park there. The exceptions to this rule are; truck stops, rest areas, and some shipper/receivers (as long as you have the documentation to legally be on property with their freight). This means that there are too many trucks on the road and not enough spots.
Why doesn't the truck driver just pay the $90 a week?
Drivers are getting paid less and less every year. According to Glassdoor.com, the national average salary for a truck driver is $43,464 in United States. Yet, the costs to run a truck has only increased every year. This means that unlike many other industries, the trucking industry is not adjusting for inflation.
Here is a good example of this:
"Pay for truck operators has failed to keep up with inflation since 1980, effectively slashing truckers’ wages by nearly a third, according to analyst Gordon Klemp, president of the National Transportation Institute.
Klemp, who spoke Feb. 26 on a conference call with investors and reporters, said truckers wages averaged $38,618 annually in 1980. If adjusted to 2015 dollars, that would be over $111,000 a year, Klemp said." - overdriveonline.com
There are a few possible solutions to this problem;
- The easiest being that the truck stops stop increasing the amount of reserved truck spots.
- Instead of the truck stops scalping the current amount of spots, adding new adjacent lots with reserved options
- Build more truck stops, parking areas, and rest areas to fill the demand
- Have better promotional options for reserved spots. Example: Get free reserved parking credit if buying over 60 gallons of diesel.
- Truck stop companies themselves to encourage and lobby the government to increase the per diem to compensate for the price increase.
[What signing this means]
That you agree with all the above statements and want the trucking industry to survive in prosperous, ethical manner.
Note: If you are a driver signing this, this also means that you agree to boycott spending the money on reserved spots and avoid these truck stops as much as possible until the issue is resolved.
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