The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called on Highways England, local and national Government to work with the freight industry to solve the problem of inadequate roadside service for motorists.
Reacting to the ‘Take a break – Road users’ views about roadside facilities’ report, FTA said that better roadside facilities are required – particularly for professional drivers who are legally required to take regular rest breaks.
The findings of the new research, published by Transport Focus, reflect the views of a wide variety of road users, including car, lorry and coach drivers, who were asked their views on roadside facilities.
Malcolm Bingham – head of road network management policy at the FTA commented: “FTA fully supports the findings of the Transport Focus report regarding Lorry Parking, which clearly identifies the need for better driver facilities on our strategic road network.
“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.”
The FTA has welcomed some of the recent provisions in lorry parking but added that there are still significant gaps on the network where there are not enough provisions for drivers to take their break which are determined in law and driver’s hour’s regulations.
Bingham added: “We now look to the national and local road authorities, and the Department for Transport, to set out plans to ensure that there are adequate facilities for drivers on freight routes which will enable them to comply with legal requirements to stop in areas that provide them with decent levels of service.”