Tuesday, November 24, 2009

UK Government Announces Plan For Future Truck Parking

RHA Welcomes Action
Shipping News Feature

UK – The British Department for Transport today published both a report on the current situation for haulage drivers parking overnight whilst working in the country and its future strategy to meet the requirements of the road freight industry.

The publication is in recognition of the difficulties faced by commercial drivers and the need to address issues both on their own and their vehicles security and on how to remove the concerns of members of the public over trucks parking overnight in areas close to residences’.

The new ‘Action Plan’ to develop a cogent national policy for lorry parking is a six point strategy that should, if implemented successfully, be of great benefit to truck drivers across the country.

In response to the publications the UK’s Road Haulage Association (RHA) said they welcomed the efforts of the government with the RHA’s Director of Policy, Jack Semple, saying that:

“[The Department for Transport’s] recognition of the current shortage [of truck parking], commitment for the future and emphasis on the need to work actively with local authorities gives the political direction and lead that is needed. The Action Plan identifies how the key challenges can be met.”

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/freight/road/lorryparking.pdf