The US Maryland State Highway Administration has upgraded its 511 travel information service to include a new ‘Commercial Vehicle Operator’ section for truck drivers.

The upgraded service will enable professional truckers to customise their 511 accounts for commercial trips that may include multiple stops along a delivery route.

The enhanced 511 delivers several services, including information on route restrictions, Truck Weigh and Inspection Stations as well as winter storm emergency truck parking.

"Maryland’s enhanced 511 system will be a major asset to truck drivers."

Released in time for the winter storm season, the enhanced system provides professional drivers with information on winter storm operations and details of snow emergency plans.

Drivers can programme their 511 accounts to receive text messages directly to their mobile device or e-mail, free of cost.

Maryland State Highway administrator Melinda Peters said: "A dependable roadway network is critical for keeping Maryland’s economy moving – and 511 is a tool that helps professional drivers and commuters alike avoid costly delays."

Maryland Motor Truck Association president Louis Campion said: "Real-time information is fundamental to truck drivers delivering freight on our roadways.

"By providing critical notifications about weather conditions, route restrictions, emergency parking availability and traffic incidents, Maryland’s enhanced 511 system will be a major asset to truck drivers trying to deliver goods safely and efficiently."

The service also provides users with an option to register phone number in order to be recognised by the system and bypass the introductory menu prompts.