It is in all our interests for HGV driving to be an attractive and respected profession and it is vital that there are adequate facilities for drivers to take their breaks and rest periods, as required by regulations. The provision of adequate stopping places provides benefits for drivers, operators, the community and the economy.
At present, the negative images and experiences related to driver facilities are an obstacle for many people who might otherwise be interested in the logistics profession – most notably female drivers who are chronically under-represented in the profession.
From Planning Officers in Local Authorities through to central Government and those working in the industry, everyone must recognise their role to play in delivery.
The Department for Transport’s own figures indicate that there are 1400 too few overnight parking spaces for commercial vehicles in the UK. In 2018 the Minister promised to deliver these spaces.
Highways England has identified two locations in the South East in its possession that could be transformed quickly into overnight parking spaces.
What is FTA campaigning for?
FTA has three priorities for Driver Facilities:
The Government should honour its own commitment to supplying the extra parking spaces
Highways England should moves quickly to bring into use the areas it owns that can be transformed
Local Authorities should recognise their important role in the planning process, to permit applications for rest stops/parking areas in places where demand outstrips supply
Policy Manager - Road Infrastructure
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