Truck Parking in Ontario – Be part of the solution
Phil Bigelow, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
The lack of truck parking affects everyone in the business but is especially hard on drivers. This session will describe the scope of the problem in North America and touch on some of the research that has shown that a lack of parking increases driver fatigue, increases crash risk, is costly to carriers and the economy, and, on average costs drivers $4,600 per year in time spent looking for parking.
If you are a driver who uses highways in Southern Ontario you know the most about truck parking and there is a study going on right now that needs to hear from you. Our team of researchers is conducting a survey of drivers that asks about the need for parking and the hardships shortages cause for drivers in lost time, lost earnings, and added stress. The session will describe the research study which will provide information to aid the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to identify needs for truck parking on Southern Ontario highways. The survey, aimed at both Canadian and U.S. drivers assesses shortages of parking on 25 Ontario highway segments, and at 70+ truck stops. We encourage drivers have their voices heard by completing the survey at www.surveycentral.ca