Reserve It Parking:
How Truck Stops
Reserved Parking for Trucks?
sent Vicki photos of Reserve It Parking ("Reserve-It!") at the
TA in Commerce, Georgia, she burst out laughing. She texted Mike
They have *got* to be kidding about reserving spaces
All it would take is for some motivated trucker to move that portable
thing and back right in.
Take a look for yourselves and see what we mean. All of
these photos were taken on January 8, 2014 at the TA in Commerce,
Reserve It Parking space.
up of the marker showing reserved truck
stop parking at a truck stop.
distance photo of 3 spaces designated as
reserved parking for trucks.
Reserve It Parking marker on wheels.
We have to hand it to truck
stop managers. They're
thinking along one of at least two different lines of reasoning:
- To meet market demand and since
truckers are willing to pay for it, they want (or need) to know that
there will be a spot for them to park in at the end of their proposed
travels that day, so we're going to give that to them; or
- Let's see how much cash we can
squeeze out of these truckers. If they want premium spots, they're
going to pay for them!
On our parking
wars page, we asked a bunch of questions
about this Reserve-It Parking set-up. But there's one important
scenario that we didn't
address fully at the time.
What happens if a trucker is very close to the end of
his/her drive time for the day and the only empty spot in the lot is a
What if that trucker's truck has an electronic device
that automatically shuts down the truck at the end of the drive time
and he/she only has enough time left to move the sign and back into the
Do you think he/she is going to spend precious moments
trying to contact someone about "reserving" the empty spot?
If the spot is already reserved (for a trucker coming
later), is the truck stop
going to turn the "claim jumper" trucker out of the lot?
If the time-crunched trucker decides to take matters
into his/her hands, move the portable sign and back into the space in
spite of a lack of a reservation,
will the truck
stop arrange to have the truck towed?
Even if the towing service is able to tow the truck
of the space (which is unlikely if these are standard truck stop
parking lots), where is the tow truck driver going to "put" the towed
Given that a time-crunched driver may have no more
time to drive, who is going to force him/her to violate the federal
Hours of Service regulation to move?
Now perhaps it is the case that all truckers are so
honorable that they would never think of backing into reserved parking
for truckers that they
haven't personally reserved.
But given the constraints that professional truck
drivers are under with the Hours of Service regulation and EOBRs, we
anticipate some bad things ahead when it
comes to this truck parking "solution".
Do you disagree?
were enough parking spaces in
the lot, do you think that truck stops would have to reserve any for
We think that truck stop
chains would be better served by building more
truck stops in high
demand areas rather than try to reserve rotating paid parking spaces
from Reserve It Parking:
How Truck Stops Reserved Parking for Trucks? to our Trucker Services page
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