Highway signs directed at trucks can often be an overlooked part of safety in America. As parking for trucks near me around the country drive through state after state, they will encounter signs instructing them where they need to stop to weigh in, how tall the truck can be and where their trucks can park.
Though the signs can sometimes seem unnecessary, they are often put up to protect both the public and private business owners.
Signs that state “no truck parking” are seen frequently in parking lots all over the United States, and while the drivers are sure to be annoyed by the sight of these signs, their purpose is clear. When trucks pull into a lot, the structural integrity is often not secure enough to handle the added pressure of the vehicle.
According to TruckDriverNews.com, “parking lots for businesses are not built solid enough [for trucks to park in]. And what happens when the truck pulls out from under the trailer is the landing gear will sink into the black-top or dirt or rock lot. [They can often] sink all the way to the bottom of the trailer, a wrecker is needed to lift it back up when the trailer is loaded and sometimes when empty.”
By displaying these signs, proprietors of the lots and other places are able to instruct those drivers not use the spaces. The other way they can help companies is that when damage does occur, the parties will not be able to say that there was no sign to warn them of the damage that their trucks did.
Parking for trucks has been an issue for a long time in many states across the country.
A 1999 study entitled “Truck Parking at Night Along Interstate Highways – Tennessee Experience” conducted by the University of Tennessee revealed that nearly 44 percent of parked trucks pulled over on shoulders of highways or ramps based on an improper amount of parking signs.
The authors also recommended “that Tennessee explore strategies to increase the use of private truck stops by adopting better signage, design, lighting and security.”
In Alto City, Texas, they are dealing with truck issues relating to signs banning 18-wheelers from passing through.
According to the Cherokeean, city leaders are hoping to keep the signs up in order to protect the streets.