Today is the launch date for the free “Park My Truck” app designed by trucking industry leaders to improve highway safety by helping drivers to locate safe parking spots.
The app was developed with guidance from the American Trucking Association (ATA), the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), and the National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO).
The mobile app gives drivers real time information about truck parking availability at over 5,000 truck stops. Both independent truck stops and chain travel plazas are included in the app and together they give drivers information about the availability of about 150,000 truck parking spots.
The app has the approval of ATA president and CEO Chris Spear: “While we would love to see the number of spaces increase, tightening state and federal highway budgets will limit the opportunity to expand parking capacity for the foreseeable future. It is important we have ways to let drivers know where the spaces currently exist, which is why this app, developed in cooperation with ATRI and NATSO, is so important. Directing drivers to safe parking spaces will give them opportunity to get the rest they need and the off-duty time they are required to have.”