Secure parking places
Secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles is listed as a top priority in the ITS Action Plan and the ITS Directive 2010/40/EU. European truck drivers need to have access to information on the availability of secure parking places for their trucks as well as be able to make use of a timely pre- and on-trip reservation service.
This deployment action is mentioned in Action Area 3: ITS Road safety and security applications under:
Action 3.5: Development of appropriate measures including best practice guidelines on secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles and on telematics-controlled parking and reservation systems
As an important step to achieve this objective, the European Commission is conducting a study on secure parking places for trucks, which included a workshop held on 23 June 2010.
The workshop aimed to validate and to discuss the recommendations of the “Study regarding secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles, telematics-controlled parking and reservation systems” within the ITS Action Plan.
In particular the questions:
- how should the public and private sector work together to create a high quality static and, where needed, dynamic information service (possibly including a reservation system) on truck parking spaces, which would essentially help tackle problems of truck parkings overcrowding and support hauliers and truck drivers in their journey planning and decision making on where to safely park.
- how to build, in cooperation with the insurance industry, a European network of intelligent secure truck parkings which would help reduce the huge social costs resulting from freight crime were examined.
The results of the study are now available as a basis for discussion and further work.