Letter: Interstates serve greater function than pools or parks
The city of Glenwood Springs response to CDOT’s truck parking solutions, are insulting to those of us in the profession. Park City, Utah, had the same, smug, NIMBY response to UDOT’s plans for parking on Interstate 80.
The lack of good, safe truck parking is a nationwide problem. Last December, the Federal ELD mandate went into effect. It regulates how we track our work day, with a logging device in the truck. Gone are the days of “fudging” paper log books.
This has impacted shipping /receiving practices and parking. When the clock says we need to take a 30-minute break, or stop for our 10-hour rest break, we have to stop. Not complying results in receiving a hefty fine to both the driver and motor carrier. CSA points are also assessed against both parties.
Drivers trip plan the best they can, but delays can run the clock down. Then we scramble to find a place to shut down for the day.
Interstate roads run through municipalities and serve a greater function for our country than a big swimming pool or amusement park.
Thank you CDOT for recognizing the need for more truck parking.
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