RHA welcomes Facilities Taskforce announcement

RHA welcomes Facilities Taskforce announcement

14 Feb 2024 Posted By Richard Smith

After months of campaigning, we are delighted to be leading a new Government taskforce on roadside facilities.

This has been a key ask of our Facilities campaign following our petition to the Prime Minister last year and alongside the £52.5m grant funding scheme announced by the Department for Transport to improve existing sites.

For decades there’s been a severe shortage of safe, secure parking and welfare facilities available to truckers. Sixty-two percent of HGV drivers are dissatisfied with both the quality and number of available parking facilities in the UK.

For the last 18 months we’ve led a campaign to urge greater focus and action from government at all levels.

The taskforce will be a vital part of how we collaborate on bringing forward new lorry and coach parking to the areas most in need of additional parking capacity – working with industry and local government to attract investment and get planning approved swiftly.

There’s much more to do but this is a step in the right direction. We would like to thank all members, drivers and others in the industry who have supported the campaign, and we look forward to updating you as it progresses.

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