Reacting to the Transport Focus Take A Break – Road Users’ Views About Roadside Facilities report, the Freight Transport Association says it supports the view that it needs Highways England, local and national Government to work with the freight industry to solve the problem of inadequate roadside service for motorists.
The FTA has repeatedly 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 reflect the views of a wide variety of road users, including car, lorry and coach drivers, who were asked their views on roadside facilities.
“The 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,” Malcolm Bingham, Head of Road Network Management Policy at the FTA, 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.”
The Association has welcomed some of the recent provisions in lorry parking, but added that there are still significant gaps on the network where there are simply not enough provisions for drivers to take their break which are determined in law and driver’s hour’s regulations.
Malcolm Bingham concluded: “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.”