ELD mandate exacerbates truck parking problems, driver stress - and risks

The vast majority of truckers say it is harder to find parking after the ELD mandate and, according to Trucker Path app data, they look up parking availability 10-15% more often during evening hours than before the ELD mandate, signifying additional stress. 

The truck parking issue has gone up from 8th place in 2012 to 4th in 2017 in the Top Industry Issues of the American Transportation Research Institute. Also, it said 80 percent of the 5,400 respondents to the Trucker Path study reported the ELD mandate has made it more difficult to find parking.

Seventy-two percent of drivers surveyed by Trucker Path said they sometimes park in abandoned commercial property, 75 percent sometimes use store parking lots to park, 56 percent sometimes use off-ramps to get their mandated rest, and 26 percent sometimes use residential streets or highway shoulders to comply with HOS.