A New IDOT System to Help Iowa Truck Drivers Find Parking |

truck parkingDo you struggle to find a safe place to park your big rig? Safety is a growing concern for truck drivers. Most drivers spend more than 30 minutes trying to find adequate parking, resulting in unauthorized parking. Thanks to a new IDOT system, known as Trucks Park Here, truck drivers are now able to find a safe parking spot. This hi-tech system monitors and gathers real-time data at rest areas and private truck stops to alert truck drivers to parking areas along Interstate 80, I-380, I-35, and I-29.

How this system works

In 2016, Members of the Mid America Associaton of State Transportation Officials created this parking availability service to deliver real-time information to drivers.

First, the vehicle detection system measures available parking, including closed parking lots. In-ground sensors, gates, and camera/video are used to monitor parking availability but vary by state. Second, the parking data goes to states and 3rd party processors. Finally, the data is delivered to drivers on digital roadside signs along the interstate, in-cab navigation, smartphone apps, and the 511 traveler information websites.

Trucks Park Here offers many benefits, such as:

  • Cost savings
  • Improves the quality of life for drivers, allowing them to get adequate rest and decrease fatigue-related accidents
  • Monitors public rest stops and private truck stops
  • Delivers real-time data to drivers
  • Monitors trucking volume and parking capacity

The free tracking system is now available in eight states, but vary state-to-state. To access the parking information, visit www.trucksparkhere.com or use the smartphone app at www.511ia.org.

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