Please explain what you mean by 'reserved/premium" parking. If you are referring to calling ahead to to reserve a more secure spot for the night in an area known for problems then it is probably a good investment. Like anything, as long as it is not abused and is cost effective, I don't see why you wouldn't pay a small amount to protect the safety of your driver and cargo.
Do we really have a choice? e-logs are going to make that the 'rule' and not the exception. C-TPAT/PIP are also a factor. Our drivers are having more and more difficulty finding parking. They are telling tales of as many as three to four places before actually finding a spot. Sometimes they still have a little time on their logbooks at the first spot but have no time left by the time they finally find one.
Where I'm at the company reimburses and/or pays for all reserved parking whether it be a company truck or an owner operator.
Personally I only use it when necessary such as any trip involving the eastern seaboard or a spot like Seattle where parking is essentially non existent..
But I'm a big fan of the idea..knowing that typically the reserved parking spots are set aside in an area where the truck is much less likely to be hit and that I have a spot waiting takes that added stress off my shoulders.
We do pay for the reserve parking for our drivers , Same as Rob's drivers , Our drivers pay for it out of their float then we reimburse back to top their float off, Our drivers are telling us that the area that they think they are going to end up for the night they will google to find the closest Walmart to sleep as it seems to be more accessible at night for parking then most truck stops for parking, Most Walmarts are well lit so there is some certain degree of feeling safe when sleeping there and there is a Walmart just about everywhere you go these days and seem to be more plentiful then Pilots, Loves or TA
Thank you snafu, That's good to know, Our drivers have said on occasion that there has been "No Trucks" posted at the Walmart entrance and not using them in that case but most have not been an issue so far
Their loss, there are hundreds of thousands of truck drivers who shop at Walmart. You would think they would be a little more accommodating especially when the store is closed. I guess some legal guy in Arkansas saw some potential liability and put an end to it.