Legislation Allocates $200 Million for Truck Parking in House Funding

Legislation Allocates $200 Million for Truck Parking in House Funding

House Spending Bill Allocates $200 Million for Truck Parking and Addresses Key Trucking Issues

The latest draft of a House of Representatives spending bill, released on Wednesday, June 26, addresses several critical trucking-related issues, with significant funding earmarked for truck parking.

The House Appropriations Committee’s 2025 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill includes a substantial $200 million allocation for truck parking. The bill also features several prohibitions aimed at addressing industry concerns:

– Mandating speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
– Requiring electronic logging devices for livestock haulers.
– Implementing congestion pricing plans similar to New York City’s proposal, which was blocked by Governor Kathy Hochul.
– Installing driver-facing cameras in the apprentice program for under-21-year-old drivers.
– Allowing California to seek waivers of meal and rest break provisions.
– Imposing greenhouse gas emissions measures on departments of transportation by the Federal Highway Safety Administration.

The bill was scheduled for markup today and is expected to be voted on by the full committee the week of June 8, after Congress returns from the July Fourth holiday break.

Trucking industry advocacy groups have expressed strong support for the legislation.

Todd Spencer, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), stated, “As a truck driver, I can tell you firsthand that when truckers don’t have a safe place to park, we are put in a no-win situation. We must either continue to drive while fatigued or out of legal driving time, or park in an undesignated and unsafe location like the side of the road or an abandoned lot. It forces truck drivers to make a choice between safety and following federal hours-of-service rules. OOIDA, and the broad industry coalition we are proud to lead thank the House appropriators for taking concrete steps to resolve an issue that has plagued our industry for decades.”

Chris Spear, President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), echoed this sentiment. He commented, “The severe shortage of truck parking places an enormous burden on truck drivers, who often don’t know if they will be able to find a safe place to sleep when they finish their shift. This significant investment to expand parking capacity would help alleviate stress on truck drivers, move freight more efficiently, and make the roadways safer for all motorists. We thank the members of the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee for prioritizing this funding that will benefit truck drivers and our supply chain, and we are especially appreciative of the decisive leadership of Congressman Womack for ensuring this provision was incorporated in the final bill.”

This legislation marks a significant step forward in addressing the long-standing truck parking shortage and other critical issues facing the trucking industry, paving the way for safer and more efficient transportation.

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