MARION – Congressman Mike Bost was in Marion Monday where he introduced the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act during a stop at Vernell’s Interstate Service.
Bost said the act would improve highway safety by addressing a critical shortage in available parking for semis and large commercial trucks.
The lack of safe parking interferes with operators’ ability to take necessary rest periods to avoid driver fatigue, which compromises highway user safety, according to Bost. The Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act would establish a set-aside source of funding from existing U.S. Department of Transportation funding to create more parking spots.
“We’ve seen the need for more trucks and drivers increase significantly, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when trucking helped to keep our economy going,” Bost, who grew up in a family trucking business and spent years driving over the road, said. “However, the number of truck parking spaces hasn’t kept pace. That means that drivers are forced to park in unsafe locations, which puts both them and other motorists at risk. Creating sufficient parking options for long-haul truckers will not only help keep truckers safe during their rest breaks but will also mean safer roads for everyone.”