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Aug 6, 2016

TRUCKS PARKING * USA: Dangerous places

* DC - Truck parking shortage exposes drivers to crime

--- A crucial shortage of parking for big trucks in the U.S. threatens the safety of truck drivers... From 2010 through 2014, 40 big-rig drivers were slain while working, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. The agency has not yet issued 2015 data. Trucking groups say a lack of safe parking puts drivers at risk... Homicides are just part of the problem. Truck cargo thefts occur at the rate of at least twice daily, according to FreightWatch International, a logistics security services firm. Of those thefts, 86 percent happen in unsecured sites such as public parking and truck trailer drop lots... Major trucking organizations, including the American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association have joined the coalition... But the truck parking shortage remains a recalcitrant issue for the freight industry... Solving the problem may require cities to change zoning laws to allow for more truck parking, said Roth of the American Trucking Associations... 
(Photo: Randy/Flickr - Trucks parked in a rest parking lot)  --   Washington, DC, USA - TRUCKS.com, by CLARISSA HAWES - August 2, 2016

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