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Motorway service station standards ‘woeful’ says RHA

25 March 2015 #CV Sector #Logistics #News #Other #Policy #Truck

Standards of the UK’s motorway service stations fall “woefully short” of acceptable, according to the Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association. Richard Burnett is calling on government to consider the state of motorway services an election issue.

“At a time when our industry is facing a massive driver shortage, every issue that affects recruitment is vitally important,” Burnett told BBC Breakfast. “Who would want to take a job knowing that the basics – for example, toilet facilities – are in a shocking state of repair?

“This industry is heavily regulated and drivers, by law, have to take rest breaks. The current standard of facilities at many official areas is so inadequate that parking in a layby is often a preferable option. This is unsafe for drivers, their vehicles and their loads.”

Burnett added there is “no excuse” for poor standards, and said the RHA welcomes government’s plan to have architects and experts look at the quality of motorway service areas.

“We will be pleased to work with them to bring about the change that is so desperately needed,” said Burnett.

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