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Germany wins the truck parking wooden spoon

[ June 7, 2024   //   ]

Mindaugas Paulauskas, chief executive of Europe’s largest trucker, Girteka Transport, recently drove a truck 7,600 km across the continent to highlight the problem of inadequate driver facilities.

His journey revealed significant disparities in the quality of sites, from secure and well-managed facilities in Sweden to severe overcrowding in Germany.

In Sweden, truck drivers benefit from well-managed parking facilities, with secure and well-fenced areas. This sets a strong example.

But in neighbouring Denmark while there was an adequate number of parking spaces to accommodate the many trucks on its roads, restrictions on long-term parking pose significant challenges.

France too has excellent parking facilities on major highways, but there is a notable inconsistency on national and local roads, where parking spaces are scarce and lack basic amenities, In Spain, while the availability of paid parking generally meets the needs of drivers, consistent quality across all regions would further enhance the driving experience.

The Netherlands and Belgium offer secure paid parking facilities but high demand near major urban centres quickly outstrips supply.

But the situation was perhaps worst in Germany (Paulauskas’ travels did not apparently take him to the UK). The country faces a critical situation with its parking infrastructure, which is overwhelmed by approximately 800,000 trucks. “Overcrowded parking areas lead to substantial stress and logistical delays, as securing a parking spot by mid-afternoon becomes an almost impossible task for us,” summarizes Paulauskas.