There has been £20 million allocated to improve security, lighting, and shower rooms at roadside services for HGV drivers. This adds to package of Government measures to tackle effects of the global driver shortage in UK. It aims to improve working conditions and retain HGV drivers, backed by overall £52.5 million investment in driver facilities.
HGV drivers will benefit from £20 million to improve roadside facilities, as part of continued Government action with industry to boost driver welfare and tackle the effects of the global driver shortage in the UK.
The funding is part of National Highways’ existing £169m Users and Communities Fund, and will go specifically towards improving security, showers and eating facilities as well as exploring increasing parking spaces for lorry drivers. Roadside service operators are being encouraged to apply for the multi-million-pound fund immediately.
Baroness Vere, Roads Minister, said:
“HGV drivers play a key role in keeping our nation running and contributing to the economy, and it is vital they feel safe and comfortable wherever they stop.”
Nick Harris, Chief Executive, National Highways, said:
“We want all road users to reach their destination safely and encourage everyone, from those who drive as a profession through to people traveling on holiday or for leisure purposes, to plan ahead before setting off and to take regular breaks.”
Ken McMeikan, CEO, Moto hospitality, said:
“This announcement is a welcome boost for the UK’s hardworking HGV drivers and the sector. It is encouraging to see that the input provided by Moto and other industry figures have been acknowledged and acted upon by the Department for Transport.”
Mags Simpson, Head of Policy Engagement, Logistics UK:
“The announcement of an additional £20million to boost HGV driver facilities is a positive step forward for industry, and Logistics UK is now calling on roadside service operators to urgently apply for funding.”