NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings joined representatives of the American Trucking Associations and the American Transportation Research Institute and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in urging truck parking providers to participate in a new highway safety initiative aimed at helping commercial truck drivers find available truck parking.
Speaking at a press conference held May 18 on Capitol Hill during NATSO’s annual call on Washington, Mullings announced that beginning in late summer, truck drivers who need to stop and rest will be able to use a new, free mobile phone app called Park My Truck to locate available truck parking.
“There is no greater cause on our nation’s highways than that of the safety of the traveling public,” said Mullings. “This truck parking leadership initiative will advance safety on the highways for all drivers by helping commercial drivers to more easily find and utilize existing truck parking capacity.”
The groups were joined by Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Ranking Member of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.-D.C.) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D.-N.Y.).
Speaking at the press conference, Rep. Shuster said Park My Truck is “a great example of an innovative private sector solution.”
This initiative and Park My Truck were developed based on feedback from professional drivers and trucking companies who often describe truck parking availability as a critical need.
Administered by the NATSO Foundation, this app marks the first time that a national source for truck parking information has been available to America’s truck drivers.
The groups encouraged all parking providers--including truck stops and travel centers, rest areas and others--to participate in the initiative by reporting the number of spaces available in their lots.
NATSO members are urged to sign up to participate in the Park My Truck app by contacting the NATSO Foundation at (703) 549-2100 or email@example.com to establish an account to provide truck parking availability.
Nearly 60 members of the truckstop and travel plaza industry came to Washington May 18 as part of the association's annual Day on Capitol Hill.
Association members met with their elected officials to push for sustainable highway funding as well as to voice concerns with several labor initiatives being pushed by the Obama Administration and payments security amid the switch to EMV technology for Chip cards.
NATSO members urged their elected officials to find permanent, sustainable solutions to the Highway Trust Fund as Congress works toward updating and reforming the U.S. tax code. They also asked them to oppose any efforts that would weaken the federal prohibitions on rest area commercialization or the tolling of existing interstates.
NATSO members attended a luncheon with guest speakers political consultants Brad Todd and JB Poersch. On May 19 NATSO hosted its annual Capitol Hill pie reception, serving nearly 250 pies to legislators and their staff.
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