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Bill that would increase truck parking gaining bipartisan support


A bill, proposed by a U.S. Representative and former truck driver, would create more truck parking.

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, is a former truck driver. He understands the need for more truck parking.

“The lack of truck parking is a well-known problem,” Bost said.

He, along with U.S. Rep Angie Craig, D-Minnesota, introduced a bill in March, the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act, House Resolution 6104, that would provide funding for national projects to improve and expand truck parking.

“This bill directs the Department of Transportation (DOT) to set aside certain funds through FY2025 to provide parking for commercial motor vehicles on the federal-aid highway system.

“DOT must use the funds it sets aside to provide competitive grants to states, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and certain public agencies for projects that provide parking for commercial motor vehicles on federal-aid highways or on a facility with reasonable access to such a highway or a freight facility,” the bill reads

The bill moved onto the the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit four days after it was introduced.

The bill has been introduced to the House. To date, 7 bi-partisan representatives have signed on to co-sponsor the bill, including Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36]; Rep. Pence, Greg [R-IN-6]; Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-3]; Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]; Rep. Hagedorn, Jim [R-MN-1]; Rep. Gianforte, Greg [R-MT-At Large].

A lot has changed since the days I was working in our family trucking business. But the lack of safe parking for trucks…

Posted by Rep. Mike Bost on Tuesday, July 14, 2020


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