The following article was written by STOW IT, an online marketplace for car, boat, trailer, RV and semi storage.
This is not a paid advertisement for STOW IT. I just think this is a really good concept to help truckers find parking. Think of STOW IT as the Airbnb of trucking.
There are people out there who have property big enough to park 18-wheelers, but the space is going unused. Meanwhile, truckers are having a heck-of-a-time finding truck parking.
Well, STOW IT hooks up these truckers and property owners. While it only seems to be available near some major cities in Colorado, Minnesota, and Texas at present, I think it would be great if they were to succeed and expand to more locations across the United States. Best of luck to the
Top Factors Causing Parking Shortages
SafetyAll truckers are aware of the safety issues surrounded by parking, whether long-term parking or daily parking. There are too many stories about tragic deaths related to unsafe truck parking, some that have even passed laws to try and combat these situations. Jason’s law was created after the tragic death of a trucker who was shot and killed after he was forced to park under unsafe conditions due to the lack of accessible parking. This law has tried to regulate truck parking by improving existing parking infrastructure and promote the availability of all private and public parking options.
AwarenessIndustry experts believe that the problem doesn’t stem from lack of spaces but rather lack of knowledge and awareness of these available spaces and how to access them. Many yards and other trucking options are available all over the United States, but there are very few efforts to market and create awareness of these spaces.
ELD RequirementsELD (Electronic Logging Devices) have required all drivers to digitally log their records of service (ROS) and hours of service (HOS). This is a huge switch from what was previously the industry standard- the honor system. This requirement has put stricter supervision on the driver’s schedule and makes it almost impossible to break any hours-of-service rules. The ELD enforcement has held drivers accountable for rest times by forcing them to find parking.
Finding Semi Truck ParkingThere are a few already existing options available to help find parking for semi-truck drivers. For daily parking, the most widely used option are the chain semi parking companies- Loves and Pilot Flying J. These truck stops provide many amenities on top of daily parking including fueling, food, showers, Wi-Fi, etc. Most truck drivers utilize these options for daily parking or general short-term parking. Long-term semi-truck parking is less commercialized and generally harder to find. STOW IT provides many options for monthly or long-term semi parking. STOW IT finds individuals and companies with the space available to store semi-trucks for longer periods of time. These spots can be found on STOW IT’s website and all booking and payments are processed through the website as well.
What is STOW IT
STOW IT is an online marketplace for car, boat, trailer, RV and semi storage. We help connect companies and individuals that have extra spaces like facilities, garage, land, and barns to others that need vehicle storage. We offer benefits like payment processing, handling evictions, and guaranteeing your payments. Learn more about STOW IT.