Freight News, Road

FTA welcomes truck parking debate

[ September 8, 2016   //   ]

The Freight Transport Association applauded the House of Commons debate on the lorry parking on 7 September.
It particularly welcomed the recognition by Minister of State for Transport, John Hayes, of the lack of HGV parking facilities as “a national problem that requires the Government, local authorities and industry to work together.”
Mr Hayes also announced that he will be setting up a roundtable on the HGV parking problem to include truck stop operators and the freight industry.
In response, FTA chief executive David Wells (pictured) has written to the Minister outlining the importance of provision of suitable parking, saying: “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.”
While welcoing recent provisions in lorry parking, FTA says that there are still significant gaps on the UK road network where there are simply not enough areas for drivers to take their break which are determined in law and driver’s hour’s regulations.