Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Road Haulage Drivers Say Government is Pulling Their Chain Over Lack of Facilities

Freight Group Engaged in Lobbying on World Toilet Day
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UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has used today, November 19 or less-commonly known as World Toilet Day, as a reminder that many of the UK's HGV drivers are still deprived of the United Nations (UN) Human Right to sanitation due to the lack of toilet facilities on the national road network.

The FTA is now renewing its calls for government to prioritise the provision of sufficient welfare facilities for professional road haulage drivers across the UK. Elizabeth de Jong, Director of UK Policy at FTA, commented:

“The logistics sector is the lifeblood of the UK economy, ensuring businesses, schools and hospitals are all stocked with the goods they need to operate. But despite the invaluable contribution HGV drivers provide to the economy, they are often denied access to very basic amenities.

”The inconsistent provision of toilets and other facilities for HGV drivers across the road network is not good enough; access to hygiene amenities and other welfare services are a basic right for all workers. No other industry would be expected to work without access to toilets, so why should HGV drivers?

“More than 18 months ago, the government vowed to improve and expand the provision of facilities for those charged with keeping Britain trading, but since that promise, amenities have actually become worse. Nearly all the respondents to a survey conducted by FTA of its member organisations felt there had been no improvement in the facilities for drivers on local roads, and over half of them felt that the provision had become worse over the last 12 months.

”In an industry where you are compelled by law to take regular breaks and rest, it is vital drivers have access to these most basic facilities.”

Established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001, World Toilet Day was made an official UN day in 2013. UN-Water leads a taskforce of international agencies to campaign around a common theme. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises sanitation for all by 2030.