RHA welcomes DfT’s truck stop report 15 November 2011

The RHA has welcomed publication of an extensive survey of truck stop provision across England, carried out by the Department for Transport.

"The report advances ministers' clear and specific commitments to progress," says RHA infrastructure manager Chrys Rampley.

"It will help to break down barriers hampering development of truckstops and promote the adoption of an EU-wide scheme for identifying standards for lorry parking facilities and security," he continues.

Ramply's only criticism: "It would have been helpful for the report to have shown different grades of truck parking: areas of ground with poor surfaces; sites with proper hard standing; and secure parking."

And he adds: "Lack of parking facilities is inhibiting the efficient carriage of goods and increasing the risk of drivers being involved in an accident.

"The lack of secure facilities also means that drivers and their loads are also at greater risk of crime, as high value loads have to be parked at the roadside."

John Challen

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