Closing Rest Areas Puts the Public at Risk
I don’t like to bring politics into this blog but the ridiculous behavior of those in my home state boggles my mind. As I drive around seeing clients, making this little logistics business work, I see trucks parked on the side of the road every single day. There are trucks parked in on-ramps, off-ramps, weigh station ramps, etc… They park anywhere a driver who is running out of hours can safely pull his or her truck over. The rest areas are overflowing but someone in Hartford thinks its a good idea to close them.
With few truck stops, very little free parking for trucks anywhere else and and ELD mandate that requires these trucks get off the road, what choice is left?
This great state has hundreds of free truck parking spaces at Connecticut Rest Areas. These non-service areas have no stores, no fuel, limited bathrooms, and are just a place to park. Apparently, the DOT can’t AFFORD to keep these no-service, almost no cost parking spaces open any longer. With some of the highest taxes and fees in the nation, how is it possible we can’t keep open the few places truck drivers can safely stop when they are federally mandated to stop?
Who is going to be responsible for drivers who violate an ELD mandated rest period when there is no rest area, no place to stop? What happens when these overtired drivers who have no place to stop hurt someone or themselves. Closing these rest areas seems to be just another play by Hartford to cause enough pain to the residents of this state so we will accept yet another tax increase.
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