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Sleepy Truckers Get Forgotten in Supply Crisis Choking Economy

  • Infrastructure law left out funding for big-rig parking spaces
  • Drivers say shortage affects delivery time, pay and well-being
A trucker walks past rigs parked for the night at a TA Travel Center in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.
A trucker walks past rigs parked for the night at a TA Travel Center in Greencastle, Pennsylvania.Photographer: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden’s sweeping infrastructure law was supposed to ease problems for the trucking industry and relieve supply chain woes, but the law overlooked a vital necessity for truckers: Parking.

Overcrowded truck stops force drivers to often spend hours scavenging for parking wherever they can find it, even in illegal and unsafe spots. The problem has simmered for decades, as transportation has been overwhelmed by the online shopping boom, lower inventories and federal mandates on driver rest. But truckers say the coronavirus pandemic has brought the issue to a breaking point.