Many drivers were pleased to hear about the state plan to expand the parking by 40 spaces, although that's a relatively small number compared with the total of 2,400 spaces in Maryland, about 90 percent of which are in private truck stops, according to the National Association of Truck Stop Operators. Spokeswoman Tiffany Wlazlowski said Maryland's state-run rest areas offer 300 truck spaces.
The state also allows trucks to use Park & Ride areas between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
"We'd like to see more parking spaces" for trucks in Maryland, Wlazlowski said, but in the meantime, the industry is trying to figure out ways to help drivers find the parking that is available. She said some members have created mobile applications to tell drivers where to find parking.