Trucks Parked in Live lanes at Rest Areas is this now the Norm?

Discussion in 'Canadian Truckers Forum' started by Trucker K, May 29, 2021.

  1. Trucker K

    Trucker K Light Load Member

    Sep 21, 2019
    Since the beginning of February I've been running the hwy 401 through to Quebec's AutoRoutes 20/40 & 30 stopping at various Rest Areas. As of May, I shifted to Days now running West to Windsor and noticed even more problems in the daytime because of way more trucks running and stopping at the OnRoutes. The one on the Southside of the 401 in Cambridge, ON. had multiple trucks Parked in a live lane blocking anyone who's trying to drive through in order to park. Also, there was creative parking along the 'Bus/RV parking Only spots and multiple trucks Parked alongside the No parking fences. It's beyond a crap show now a days and No parking enforcement regulation what so ever.

    Has this become the norm everywhere daily across Canada and the USA or mainly just Ontario? Back in the 90's a driver would ask another drive to not block the lane or the attitude adjusters would come into play. It's beyond ridiculous and just plan selfish and ignorant. Truck stops are a lot better for parking in the daytime but at night mostly in Ontario (haven't been to much others in the last couple years) it also include creative parking and live lane blocking.

    Covid19 has caused a lot of shutdowns in Ontario but still the economy here has grown therefore more demand for products including exports throughout North America so more trucks/truckers are in demand. However, Ontario lacks proper Truck parking for the drivers who need to take their break!
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  3. LameMule

    LameMule Medium Load Member

    Jan 19, 2020
  4. Hulld

    Hulld Road Train Member

    Oct 19, 2015
    Upstate NY
    And until they come up with a REAL infrastructure plan that addresses infrastructure and NOT social utopia it will never change.
  5. skipgears

    skipgears Light Load Member

    Aug 8, 2020
    Do they also keep cramming more planes in the air without expanding airports? doubt that, cause aviational transport has proper set in regulations. Those folks have brains and understand the importance of regulations, which keep us all safe. Unlike trucking where it's a god #### #### disaster! They want you to take all those rest breaks, but there's no where to take them. Mid flight, I guess, flip on the autopilot yah Bubbles? ok Ricky let's go. God #### trailer park, nothing else to it.
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  6. Phantom Trucker

    Phantom Trucker Light Load Member

    Jan 11, 2016
    Calgary, AB
    It’s a mess and it’s progressively getting worse. In my opinion this is the result of a few things; 1. **** poor truck driver training (trip planning). 2. Increase in commercial truck traffic. 3. Lagging infrastructure. Most of those OnRoutes have all been rebuilt in recent years but they didn’t bother expanding the lots.
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  7. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    Don't worry, self-driving trucks will be here next week and we won't have these issues anymore ;)
  8. Trucker K

    Trucker K Light Load Member

    Sep 21, 2019
    Exactly, It makes no sense what so ever. Yet, trucking companies want the product shippped on time. More Truck stops are needed as well as possibly a Truck Only Rest Area with available Fast Food Restaurants or at least a small food convenience store.
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  9. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Heavy Load Member

    Sep 26, 2019
    What gets me is you see them updating res areas with beautiful greenery in some areas. They have the land. It should be paved with truck parking. Not 25 spots. 125 is better.
  10. PiscesLuv

    PiscesLuv Light Load Member

    Mar 18, 2019
    Rest areas are definitely getting worse in or near tx you’re lucky if there’s enough room to maneuver through the rest area to leave I drive nights right now and trying to find a spot to take a break is a true pita I’ve taken to parking on streets, back of closed gas stations, and worse case on ramps between other trucks
  11. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Heavy Load Member

    Nov 6, 2019
    I've seen rest areas in Nebraska & Mississippi that were so tight I moved on to the next "safest" location. There was plenty of land around both of those locations to build an oasis of a rest area, but instead they were ridiculously small.

    None of the decision makers care about how their wine and cheese gets to the shelf, it just better be there when they want it.
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