The Scottish First Minister’s suggestion that HGVs should not use Scottish trunk roads unless it is absolutely unavoidable is naïve in the extreme says the Road Haulage Association.
Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “In many cases, particularly in isolated areas, an HGV will be the only vehicle with the capability of getting through. The drivers of these vehicles should be applauded – not pilloried”
Heavy goods vehicles provide a vital service and despite the appalling weather conditions that Scotland is experiencing right now, deliveries have to be made whether they be supplies to hospitals, food for livestock or heating oil.
The very nature of the logistics industry means that many of the HGVs on the road will be half way through a 3-4 day journey and have no alternative but to press on until they reach their delivery destination. This issue clearly highlights the shocking lack of facilities on the trunk road system where drivers can rest safely.
The severity of the weather that is now hitting all parts of the UK is of a level that has not been seen for many years and there will be several generations of young drivers who have never driven in such extreme conditions.
The RHA strongly urges all road users, regardless of their mode of transport, to exercise extreme care at all times and be aware of other drivers.