John Hayes MP described the lack of HGV parking facilities as “a national problem that requires the Government, local authorities and industry to work together,” and announced that he will be setting up a roundtable on the issue that would include truck stop operators and the freight industry.
Responding to the discussion, the FTA’s Chief Executive, David Wells, has written to the Minister outlining the importance of provision of suitable parking facilities.
“This is a key issue for FTA members who believe the lack of suitable places to take their rests and breaks is contributing to the ongoing shortage of drivers, making it more difficult to attract new entrants to the industry,” he said. “Decent parking facilities providing basic needs for lorry drivers are vital. HGV drivers are legally required to take regular rest breaks but there are insufficient truck stops located where they need them, and even where they do exist availability of spaces can be a problem.
“It is important to recognise driver preference for lorry parking facilities which provide basic needs together with security on site, so that they can feel comfortable and safe.”