According to estimates by various industry experts, there are between 30,000 and 50,000 parking spaces for trucks in Germany. Over the next four years, Germany will spend €100 million a year on the creation of parking spaces for trucks. Will this be enough?
The lack of parking spaces, especially in transit country number 1 in Europe, is well known to every professional driver. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is also aware of this problem. The ministry has announced that it will spend €400 million on creating new parking spaces for trucks within the next 4 years. It also wants to rely on a solution based on telematics, which for over two years has been in the testing phase. We are talking about the so-called compact parking, which is intended to make better use of the potential of existing facilities.
However, only three locations currently have such a system – the Inntal-West rest area on the A93 motorway, the Jura-West rest area on the A3 and the Montabaur rest area on the A61.
Meanwhile, the German portal eurotransport.de, in the absence of a response from BMVI to the specific plans for parking infrastructure, has decided to check on its own how many parking spaces are actually available, how many will be lacking in 2025 and how many will be created by the same year.
Here are the results of their investigation: