Commercial Driver Rest &
Making Space for Safety
Report No. FHWA-MC-96-0010
This report assesses the adequacy of truck parking at public and private rest areas along the
Interstate Highway System. The goal of the research was to determine the supply, utilization, parking
statutes and practice, and demand for truck parking at public rest area and private rest stops at the
state and national levels. Based on the research findings, the study identifies policies and programs
to meet truck drivers' rest needs and to improve the efficiency of rest area planning and development.
The study relied on three general methods of data collection, resulting in five sources: a
national inventory of truck parking; direct observation of actual usage of truck parking; and a series
of surveys including in-person truck driver surveys, a national survey of motor carriers, and a mail
survey of truck stop operators. The surveys were designed to assess needs, perceptions, and
preferences for truck parking.
The data were collected between October 1993 and December 1995
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the Department of Transportation.
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