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Dec 10, 2019
FreightWaves 0 71 2 minutes read Truck drivers using the Dock411 app or web portal now have the ability to reserve truck parking spaces through TruckPark. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves) Goodday, Truck parking reservation is now available through the Dock411 app thanks to an integration with TruckPark , the digital truck parking platform. Users of Dock411 are now able toreserve one of TruckPark’s thousands of available spaces through a link in theDock411 app. That link takes the user to TruckPark’s system, allowing driversto see and reserve available parking. Shippers will also be able to see thelocation of these trucks through the Dock411 web portal, providing insight intothe vehicle’s location. Spots can also be reserved throughthe web portal. “We have been excited since day oneabout this partnership,” Anthony Petitte, CEO for TruckPark, said. “Dock411helps us bring a full suite of tools to the industry. Shippers now can directdrivers to safe and available parking and carriers rest easy knowing theirdrivers and payloads won’t be compromised.” Drivers have the option of choosinglocations based on preference and amenities, and security and yard features areall visible to drivers that use the app, Petitte said. Dock411 collects, curates andshares facility profiles and reviews. A complete facility profile in Dock411includes over 70 attributes, including local directions, restroom availability,lumper fees, hazards and photos. “We’ve worked hard to make Dock411a great tool for the industry by listening to our users,” Eric Weidl,co-founder of Dock411, said. “Drivers have told us again and again that findingavailable parking is a daily challenge. Not only do they want more parkinglocations, they want to be able to find those locations. We’re excited aboutthe opportunity to work with TruckPark to expose their parking locations to awider audience.” Future plans include the abilityfor drivers to reserve parking directly through the Dock411 app and to see thenumber of available spots in real time, the companies said. Additionally, thereare plans to add more capacity around more shipper locations nationwide. TruckPark provides technology that allows truck drivers to reserve a space in a lot operated by a partner company. Among those partners is Storemytruck.com , which joined the platform in September. That partnership will open over 10,000 parking spaces to truckers over the next few years. Did you know? Investors continue to flock tosupply chain technology businesses, with venture capital investment reaching$11.7 billion for 371 deals in the first three quarters of 2019, according toPitchbook. Quotable: “We regret to inform everyone thatCeladon Group Inc. has filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. We will continue tohaul and deliver all the loads that we now have in transit. We will have moreinformation in the morning as to where equipment needs to be returned to. Wehave been assured that everyone who follows instructions will be paid for thework and miles assigned and completed, and Celadon will not leave anyonestranded away from home. Finally, we truly appreciate your commitment anddedication to this company and wish you luck moving forward.” — Celadon management, in a message Dec. 9 to its drivers on the company’s bankruptcy. In other news: Low-tax Virginia seeks hike in fuel tax Virginia, which has the 12th-lowest state fuel tax in the country, is looking to raise that as it faces an infrastructure funding shortfall. ( WTOP ) Drone safety at heart of new working group Police, fire and other stakeholders have joined forces to help study drone safety around major cities and urban centers. ( Government Technology ) GM provides loan to new Lordstown owners GM has confirmed that the new owners of its Lordstown facility were provided a $40 million loan to help facilitate the purchase. ( Journal Gazette ) Rhode Island Trucking Association criticizes firm with large toll bill The Rhode Island Trucking Association said a state trucking company that racked up $75,000 in unpaid tolls in Maine is not reflective of the safety-conscious image the industry considers important. ( Go Local Prov ) Lost capacity from Celadon will be absorbed The trucking industry will absorb the lost capacity from the Celadon closure, experts said. ( The Wall Street Journal ) Final Thoughts The sudden collapse of Celadon overthe weekend had one positive. Despite a perceived overcapacity in the market,trucking companies up and down the spectrum reached out through social mediawith offers of help and jobs. Surely, there was some self-interest involved,but many companies were simply offering help in ensuring any stranded Celadondrivers could get home to their families. Trucking may be a competitivebusiness, but in times of need, it is among the most compassionate. Hammer down, everyone!