The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has responded to the publication of a new report from Transport Focus that has highlighted the growing importance of providing adequate parking facilities for the nation's professional drivers and their vehicles.
Entitled 'Take a break – Road users', the report called for the creation of better roadside facilities for professional drivers who have a legal requirement to take regular breaks and not to exceed their regulated driving hours.
Malcolm Bingham, FTA head of road network management policy, commented: "The research quotes lorry drivers who said that all too often there aren't truck stops located where they need them, and even where they do exist availability of spaces can be a problem.
"We have been saying this for some time and recognise the driver preference for lorry parking facilities which provide basic needs together with security on site, so that they can feel comfortable and safe."
He added that there remain many areas of the country where the availability of secure parking is lacking. It is therefore imperative that local and national authorities, including the Department for Transport, take note of this fact and act to address the concerns of drivers and the wider logistics industry.
Setting out plans to ensure there are adequate parking facilities along major trunk routes across the UK would be a positive first step, the FTA concluded.
Posted on 27th July 2016
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