German Parliamentary group inquires about HGV ‘convoy parking’ plan

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A CDU/CSU parliamentary group has asked for more information on the German Federal Government's plan to alleviate the shortage of HGV parking spaces via the use of so-called ‘convoy parking'.

German Parliamentary group inquires about HGV ‘convoy parking’ plan
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The inquiry was published on the Bundestag website yesterday. Germany, like many other countries, is experiencing a significant shortage of parking spaces. It is estimated that an additional 30,000-40,000 spaces are required.

To try and mitigate the problem, plans for additional lorry parks have been made, while the government has also encouraged logistics companies to open up their parking spaces to one another. In addition, an app has been launched to let lorry drivers know what spaces are available and where.

Another method that Germany is looking into is so-called ‘convoy parking’.

The system would see trucks lined up according to their departure time. Laser scanners would also record the length of the vehicle entering a parking area, thereby allowing its driver to be assigned to a suitable parking space in a specific row of trucks.

If the system works as it should, it will be possible to have three lorries parked close together and thus use the available parking space intelligently.


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