Solving illegal truck parking needs purpose-built facilities that are cost effective for owner operators, located in proximity to where they live and work. For many this is near the South Perimeter Road in North Surrey, not 30 minutes south near the Canada-US Border. The majority of trucks needing parking are in Newton industrial area and along Fraser River. With no comprehensive studies undertaken since the 2006 Truck Report (which at that time documented that between 2001 and 2005, truck ownership grew by 50.1% in the area of Surrey North of the railway line/Colebrook Rd. from 5,284 to 7,932 trucks, while South of the line, truck ownership decreased by 19.7% from 466 to 374 trucks in the same time period), there is no evidence-based reason for saying that this location is the best one in Surrey that can solve the parking problem. In fact, it appears to be designed NOT to solve Surrey’s parking problem.
Truck parking facilities which are located a significant distance from the homes of truck operators means that the trucks have to be dropped off and the operator needs to then drive home. This leads to increased truck and vehicle traffic on roads. Commuting from North Surrey to a mere few blocks from the border will increase congestion. Indeed, a 2007 Corporate Report (R237) recounts the results of a City open house: 400 responding truckers conveyed the message that they would prefer low-cost, full service, centrally located truck parking facilities.