COMMERCIAL DRIVER REST AREA REQUIREMENTS: NO ROOM AT THE INN
The steady growth in trucking nationwide appears to have increased the demand for rest areas along the Nations' highways. In part, this is reflected by evidence that, increasingly, truck drivers seeking rest are parking illegally along highway shoulders and entrance and exit ramps, rather than at either public rest areas or private truck stops. With a growing public and industry concern about commercial driver fatigue, and the need to assure public safety along the highways, this research has sought to address this perceived need for additional parking space through direct observation, interviews, statistical evaluations, and demographic data collection. This research documented some important distinctions between public rest areas and private rest stops. Truck drivers tend to use the public areas for short rests, and the private rest stops for overnight stops. This study finds a current shortfall of 28,400 truck parking spaces in rest areas nationwide. The cost to meet this demand totals between $489 to $629 million.
- Executive Summary.
American Trucking AssociationsTrucking Research Institute, 2200 Mill Road
Alexandria, VA United States 22314
Apogee Research, Incorporated4350 East West Highway, Suite 600
Bethesda, MD United States 20814
Smith (Wilbur) and Associates1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC United States 20036
- Publication Date: 1996-5
- Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
- Pagination: 40 p.
- TRT Terms: Commercial drivers; Drivers; Fatigue (Physiological condition); Governments; Highway safety; Parking facilities; Private enterprise; Roadside rest areas; Safety; Specifications; Truck drivers; Truck driving; Truck facilities; Truck stops
- Uncontrolled Terms: Requirements
- Old TRIS Terms: Parking place; Public
- Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Planning and Forecasting; Safety and Human Factors; Terminals and Facilities; I72: Traffic and Transport Planning;
- Accession Number: 00728823
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Nov 22 1996 12:00AM