Tired summer residents are everyone’s problem. And no trucker wants to drive tired. Some truckers insist that if you plan your trip properly, you should always be able to find parking. Other truckers understand that no matter how much you plan, truck parking can be elusive. Truck stops are usually filled later than before. But truckers can’t force themselves to get tired according to plan. Going to bed with a lot of sleep if your plan requires sleep, it doesn’t give you a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, looking for a parking space is just part of a truck driver.
Most drivers avoid parking at weighing stations like the plague. This is understandable. But if you’re tired, maybe that’s not such a bad idea. The following is a guiding principle of the policy of some states in relation to the parking of trucks at weighing stations – what is allowed, what is not, and what trucks can expect.
California has no official policy regarding parking at weighing stations. And at any weighing station there is no official policy, so you may encounter a robber officer who prefers to take care of the truckers. But overall, it’s safer for you to park at California weighing stations than you might think.
Truckers looking for a safe place to park should consider parking at Banning Station. There is no official policy, but the only opinion of most officers on the Banning Truck Scale is that they are more likely to have drivers able to park at the weighing station than tired drivers on the roadway. If you want to park, you want to zoom in, park and go inside to let the officers know you want to rest. This way they will learn that your truck is not “unattended”. Unattended trucks have a 4-hour period after which the truck will be towed. Wheeler weighing station staff will agree. Tired truckers are dangerous, and they prefer truckers to take a break from weight than to drive tired. At Wheeler Ridge you should not inform the officers that you will be parking for a while.
California weighing stations with smaller spaces do not allow parking. For example, trucks are not allowed to park in San Onofre nb or San Onofre sb. Trucks are also not allowed to park at the weighing station of Traki. The same goes for Conejo nb and Conejo sb. But even that doesn’t put in the stone. Employees on the Conejo nb scale say that if they are not busy and if a trucker comes and informs them that they are tired, they can take advantage of their opinion and allow the driver to park and relax. Both scales Conejo nb and Conejo sb will close their gates in closed hours, unless parked cars are not. Do not plan to park on ramps when the weighing station is closed.
Truck parking is allowed – in fact it is welcome in any of Florida’s “supermarkets” such as weighing stations in Pensacola, Wildwood and Flagler Beach. Parking is restricted elsewhere at Florida Station, such as Hopewell or Bennel, and therefore drivers should not expect to be able to find parking on this scale. Florida DOT officials say drivers can park in any of Florida’s “super chefs” without fear of reconsidering an unwanted review. If an officer sees something that is clearly a safety breach – such as a flat tire, the driver will be notified of the breach before he leaves the weighing station and this will need to be corrected. However, officers will not ask the driver, who was parked at the weighing station, for his log, and will not take the vehicle for inspection. Unless, of course, the driver is parked there because he was knocked out – if the driver is out of service for violating the log, he may be asked to view the drivers ’log before the driver is allowed to leave the weight of the station.
Truck parking is allowed at any Georgia weighing station as long as there is space. Drivers are asked to park in the back at any of Georgia’s “supermarkets”. One weight station in Georgia, where there are no parking spaces, is the weight of the Lithium Springs station on the I 20 eastern border, west of Atlanta. Drivers should not plan to park at the Lithia Springs weighing station. Georgia’s DOT staff say that while drivers may not pass the check if they were parked at a weighing station, that’s out of the question. Officers can ask a driver coming out of the parking lot to show his log. They can also inspect the truck. This is unlikely, but there is no policy that would prohibit this practice.
The Walton weighing station and the Verona weighing station are marked as “safe havens” for truckers. This means that truckers can park there without fear of overcrowding and unwanted inspection. Kentucky law enforcement officials note that road workers may conduct an inspection when they arrive at the weighing station, but once they have cleared the scale of the trucks and gone to a “safe haven,” they no longer have to worry about it. Safe Haven weighing stations are a safe place to park trucks.