Facilities For HGV Drivers To Be Improved

THE DfT will provide £20 million to truckstop operators to improve security, lighting and shower rooms at roadside services for lorry drivers.
Roads minister Baroness Vere said it is vital HGV drivers feel safe and comfortable wherever they stop.
Ken McMeikan, CEO of Moto hospitality, said: “We look forward to making an application to this £20 million fund, which would allow us to accelerate our plans for enhanced security and increase the physical number of showers we can offer.”
Mags Simpson, Logistics UK’s head of policy engagement, commented: “It is vital that these key workers, who are charged with keeping the nation stocked with all its required goods, have a safe place to take these breaks, where they are also able to make use of much needed bathroom and catering facilities.”
The RHA welcomed the investment but said more needed to be done to increase parking provision. Tom Cornwell, its lead for infrastructure and operator licencing, said: “We believe we need an extra 11,000 safe and secure parking spaces and we’re determined to tackle that shortfall by working with government, industry and officials.”

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