The Trucking Industry Mobility & Technology Coalition (TIMTC) and the U.S. Dept. of Transportation are sponsoring a free webinar on Dec. 6 to discuss the issues surrounding the truck parking shortage and innovative ways the problems can be addressed.

Recent improvements in trucking economics have put more trucks and freight on the nation’s roads and highways.  At the same time, government budget shortfalls have reduced the number of truck parking spaces available to truck drivers in need of staging and rest.  In fact, truck parking as an industry concern appeared for the first time ever on American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) Top Industry Issues survey in 2012, garnering the 8th spot on the list, webinar sponsors point out.

Until new funding is identified for expanding truck parking capacity, the best solution is providing real-time information to truck drivers on existing parking availability, according to ATRI.  Recent research has identified the trucking industry’s expectations and requirements needed of the various FHWA-sponsored “truck parking information system” tests that are being conducted throughout the U.S.

Industry experts participating in the Truck Parking Issues & Opportunities webinar are Tom Kearney, manager, freight operations, Federal Highway Administration; Dan Murray, vice president, ATRI; Vassilios Morellas, program director, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota; and Dave Miller, founder and COO of Gnosis Management and former senior vice president for Con-way, Inc.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST.

Participants will need access to the internet and a telephone. For free registration, visit the TIMTC website at www.freightmobility.com. An email with instructions for joining the webinar will be sent to all registrants.

The Trucking Industry Mobility & Technology Coalition (TIMTC) is jointly managed by ATRI, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the American Assn. of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the U.S. DOT and the American Trucking Assns. Members include motor carriers, commercial drivers, law enforcement, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, transportation planners and policy makers at the local, state and federal levels.

Participation in TIMTC is free and provides the latest information and updates on trucking industry initiatives that improve the industry's safety and mobility.  Send contact information to TIMTC@trucking.org to receive a free membership.