Pennsylvania introduces groundbreaking truck stop law


If passed, the law will give truckers better access to facilities

New truck stop law would give truckers better access to facilities

In recent years, truck stops across Australia and the world have seen limited access from transport workers due to Covid-19.

But that’s all about to change in Pennsylvania, where proposed legislation gives truckers across the state better access to restrooms.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker introduced the bill to allow truckers greater access to bathrooms and state General Assembly facilities following the success of Washington state legislation this year.

The proposed bill is a huge problem not only for Pennsylvania but for the whole world, as truckers continue to fight for better facilities in the wake of Covid.

In some US states, truckers have not been allowed to use restrooms at facilities where they pick up and drop off.

It is also big news across the world, where Australian Truck Associations have been fighting for increased access to toilets and showers at truck stops since 2020.

In 2020, Australian Trucking Association (ATA) President Geoff Crouch said truck drivers cannot be denied access to these basic amenities while working to deliver goods across the country. .

“At a time when truckers are working harder than ever to deliver essential goods to communities across the country, we are told they cannot access the proper facilities needed to support them in their role,” he said. he declares.

“I have received first-hand reports from operators where drivers have arrived at truck stops to find facilities closed, while some customer reception points have handed out notifications that toilets are not available for non-employees.”

This led Crouch to describe the issue as “not only unfair and unreasonable, but also a humanitarian issue” facing truckers around the world.

This movement for increased access was further intensified on March 29 when Rep. Jason Silvis introduced the Truck Driver Restroom Access Act in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

The bill requires retail establishments, shippers, receivers and port terminals to provide truckers access to restrooms when delivering or picking up goods during normal business hours, the bill being referred to the House Transportation Committee.

Four days before that, a memorandum titled Restrooms for Truck Drivers When Picking Up or Dropping Off Cargo to members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seeking support for the cause.

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Groups like the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA) have backed the bill, saying it raises awareness of an issue that truckers are forced to deal with daily and that is contributing to driver shortages around the world.

“Having more people in the industry is going to require changes to make the job a little easier for drivers on the road,” said PMTA CEO Rebecca Ovler.

If Pennsylvania follows Washington’s new law, it will require terminal operators to provide enough restrooms for heavy vehicle drivers in areas they typically access, including interior doors and truck queues.

Drivers will also be able to leave their vehicles at reasonable times and places to go to the restroom, with the state Department of Health able to issue violations for noncompliance.

While this is a massive move for truckers in America, it may also be a sign of things to come for truckers around the world seeking increased access to post-Covid facilities.

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