Goods vehicle drivers and dispatchers need information on fuel stations and rest areas on their route both before and during their trip. This basic freight traffic need can be covered by Intelligent Truck Parking (ITP) Services, which produce and distribute static and dynamic information on the truck parking situation on the motorway networks and access roads. Thus the management of parking spaces and the observation of rest and driving periods for drivers are supported resulting in the reduction of dangerous parking and in the improvement of drivers, load and goods vehicle safety and security. The information could be provided on-trip and pre-trip using different channels of information and different end-user devices. General objectives of the service:
Improve safety:Version 10/03/2014: Decrease safety problems due to Heavy Goods Vehicles, which are parked illegal on dangerous locations at the parking areas or on the de- and acceleration lanes (hard shoulders); Reduce high risk for both passing traffic and parking vehicle; Improve security (goods of a value of € 7 Billion are stolen in Europe from truck
Support to the truck drivers: in respecting traffic and driving regulations and help the driver to find socially acceptable resting facilities
To provide safe and secure parking places for trucks supported by pre-trip and on-trip information for hauliers and truck drivers is one of the priority actions of the EU-ITS action plan (Priority Area No.3: Road Safety and Security - Action 3.5: Services for safe and secure truck parking places). The European dimension of Activity 2 lies in providing cross border seamless and consistent information on available parking places for resting periods, harmonising the format of the information provision and the on-site systems, regardless of the country or the section in which the parking site is located.
The URSA MAJOR 2 project addresses this European dimension for the area of the URSA MAJOR corridor. The ITP URSA MAJOR 2 concept is to collect and publish information on existing truck parking areas (static information), the capacity enhancement of truck parking areas by using ITS, to enlarge information on availability of truck parking (dynamic information) and make them available for the service providers. This will speed up significantly the implementation of the Commission Delegated regulations (EU) No 885/2013 on Information Services for Secure Parking in the entire area of the URSA MAJOR corridor.