Zuid-Holland successfully lobbies extra money from Brussels for truck parking

Published on 26 March 2019

Truck drivers are to obtain more space to park their trucks in secure parkings in the Netherlands. Led by the province of Zuid-Holland, the collaboration with the provinces of Noord-Brabant, Limburg, Gelderland and with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management succeeded in obtaining over €3.5 million in European funding to that end.

The authorities will use the money for, among other things, a new truck parking at the Dordtse Kil near Dordrecht. The best location for this is being investigated. Three existing parking lots for trucks are being expanded: the Maasvlakte Plaza near Rotterdam, Nobis Asten in Brabant and Truckstop Venlo. This will create an additional 800 parking spaces over the coming four years.

Safe parking

For a small fee, the drivers will be able to park their trucks in these secure truck parkings, and use the toilet or shower facilities during their mandatory rest periods. By using an app on their smart phone, the drivers will be able to see any available parking space. The new truck parkings fit in with Zuid-Holland's ambitions: smarter, cleaner and stronger. We also aim to be and remain the best accessible province in the country.

Necessity of additional parking spaces

Research showed last year that hundreds of additional parking spaces are needed in the southern corridor between Zuid-Holland and the German border areas. That did not take a possible impending Brexit into account. The additional parking area should also end the nuisance at the service areas along the motorways, in residential areas and at local industrial estates, that drivers currently regularly use as a result of a lack of capacity. In the coming years, an additional 1200 parking spaces are required. These locations still need to be found.

In 2017, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the provinces of Gelderland, Noord-Brabant, Limburg and Zuid-Holland, the Port of Rotterdam and the Top Sector Logistics reached an agreement to improve the goods transport. Among other things, they agreed to take additional measures to reduce delays on the motorways, to make the transport network more reliable and to improve the facilities for drivers.