Bill Seeking $755 MILLION to Fix Truck Parking Shortage Reintroduced With A Twist
Washington D.C. – A bi-partisan group of U.S. lawmakers are once again attempting to provide a legislative solution to the worsening truck parking shortage.
Led by Representative Mike Bost (R-IL), a group of six U.S. House members have re-introduced the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act (TPSIA), otherwise known as H.R. 2187.
TPSIA calls for setting aside $755 million of U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) funds over a five year period specifically to add truck parking capacity to the U.S. federal-aid highway system.
Rep. Bost grew up in a family trucking business and spent years driving over the road, so this issue is personal to him.
In a statement, the Illinois Congressman lamented the fact that the “number of truck parking spaces hasn’t kept pace” with the demand resulting in drivers sometimes being “forced to park in unsafe locations.”
“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,” Rep. Bost said.
TPSIA was first introduced into the House in March 2020, but did not gain traction in the last Congress.
Just as in the first iteration, the updated legislation would again provide USDOT grants to state and local governments for projects providing FREE truck parking on federal-aid highways or at a facility with reasonable access to a federal-aid highway or freight facility.
However, this time around the bill includes provisions that allow the private sector to also benefit through public-private partnerships.
Those sponsoring the legislation are hoping these changes will attract more support.
All of the funding would come from existing funds within the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and the Highway Trust Fund.
A number of industry groups are already expressing support for the bill including: the Owner Operator Independent Driver’s Association, American Trucking Associations, Truckload Carriers Association, National Association of Small Trucking Companies, National Motorists Association, Transportation Intermediaries Association, American Highway Users Alliance and the Institute for Safer Trucking.
TransportationNation.com will continue to track the bill closely.