Obviously being a blogger, Tachoblog like the web and what it can do.  So when we heard that The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the International Transport Forum (ITF) had launched TRANSPark ‘a web-based platform providing a full range of services to all actors involved in goods transport by road’ we had to go and give it the once over.

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Ok, so it’s not the best looking site we’ve ever seen, but it is easy to use – important – and has lots of useful information for truck drivers, logistics planners, transport managers and others involved in road transport operations to search, locate, select and contact truck parking areas in over 40 countries, – from Portugal to Kazakhstan.  Perhaps best of all, it’s free.

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TRANSPark users can search for truck parking areas by country, around a location within a 100­-km radius, or along their planned routes. All facilities available at the selected parking area are listed (security features, truck repair, vehicle wash, hotel, restaurant, etc.), and can be used as parking search criteria. Full contact details and location maps are also provided.

Over 3000 truck parking areas are currently listed in TRANSPark, some 1800 of which are GEO-identified. This figure is expected to grow continuously, as additional data is supplied by drivers and parking managers and verified by national authorities and IRU national member associations to ensure data accuracy.

Other IRU services offered free of charge on TRANSPark help road transport professionals  comply with different countries’ legislations and further road safety and security while saving time and money…at no cost. They include:

  • route planner
  • fuel prices in 40 countries
  • border waiting times
  • flash information on traffic restrictions, road works and blockades
  • IRU security guidelines and driver checklists
  • weather conditions at local, national and global level
  • currency converter
  • legal advice and support

Most usefully for drivers, TRANSPark is also available in PDA format for easy use from the truck cab.  Tachoblog says for European drivers it’s certainly worth a look, those of you in America, Canada, etc may want to have a look at the, frankly excellent, TRUCKER iPhone App from AskTheTrucker.