November 5, 2010
The Virginia Trucking Association commends Gov. Bob McDonnell's initiation of a new pilot program to use undeveloped VDOT properties as Truck Safety Rest Areas.
“We applaud the governor for taking this step to determine the feasibility of using this undeveloped property to increase the number of safe and secure parking spaces for truck drivers delivering goods throughout the Commonwealth,” says Dale Bennett, VTA President and CEO. “If the pilot is successful, this will be an inexpensive way to help prevent driver fatigue and improve safety on Virginia's highways.”
Professional truck drivers must follow federal hours of service regulations that limit the hours they can drive and mandate minimum hours of rest. Often, drivers cannot find safe, legal areas where they can park and get their mandated rest.
Drivers also often find full service, public rest areas and private truck stops filled to capacity, forcing them to park on interstate ramps and in parking lots of private businesses. We must facilitate truck drivers’ obligations to meet safety requirements.
“It is important that this pilot program confirms the feasibility of this effort and we remind all truck drivers to be professionals and do their part to keep these areas safe and clean,” adds Bennett.