Still No Sign Of 1,411 Safe Parking Spaces

FTA IS urging government to provide safe parking spaces for those charged with keeping goods moving through the pandemic and beyond, the HGV drivers.
Two years after the government pledge, FTA’s members report provision has not improved, and many are forced to take their rest breaks in unsafe locations with inadequate facilities.
Chris Yarsley, policy manager for road infrastructure at FTA, commented: ‘The COVID-19 outbreak has brought home how vital lorry drivers are to society and the economy; they are working tirelessly to provide the goods the nation needs to get through the pandemic. Yet the government fails to provide them with even the most basic provision: secure, safe places to park during their rest periods with access to adequate welfare, hygiene and sanitation facilities. No other industry would be expected to operate in such conditions.’
The Department for Transport’s National Survey of Lorry Parking identified that there is an immediate need for more than 1,411 parking spaces across the country, to enable drivers to take their legally mandated rest breaks without concerns for security and safety. Chris continued: ‘Two years on from the commitment made by ex-Road Minister, Jesse Norman MP, we need action. The nation’s HGV drivers deserve so much more.’

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