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Nationwide Truck Parking Shortage Clashes with Kentucky's Parking Statute and Proposed Bill

he US Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration recently surveyed state departments of transportation concerning the lack of truck parking capacity. The survey results indicate that at least 37 states have a shortage of official parking for tractor-trailers. In addition, where there is official parking, it is overcrowded. According to the survey, states also report parking shortages in public rest areas, private truck stops, highway weigh stations, commercial areas, and designated pullout areas.

34-hour Restart Restrictions Halted

On December 16, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. This bill is best known as the 1600-page spending bill that prevents a government shutdown in 2015. Also included in the appropriation bill is a rollback to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 2013 Hours of Service rule that restricted the use of the 34-hour restart for drivers of commercial motor vehicles.

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