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Industrial Health and Safety: Lorry Drivers

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to improve the provision of secure resting facilities for professional lorry drivers to improve their health and safety. (188385)

I have been asked to reply.

The delivery of parking and rest facilities, since 1992, has primarily been through the private sector together with local planning authorities. The Department for Transport has been facilitating meetings between representatives of the road haulage trade associations, the Highways Agency, Motorway Service Area operators and other lorry parking providers in order to identify the issues that can promote an increase together with improvement in these facilities.

The Department for Transport and the Highways Agency intend to undertake a national study into lorry parking with the objective of finding out the current and future demand for these facilities. This could better inform the local planning authorities on the need for these facilities and the potential providers of these facilities with their investment decisions.

The Highways Agency has published a guide to truck stops in England and has recently carried out a consultation with the aim of developing policies that maintain and improve the provision of service areas and other facilities on motorways and all purpose trunk roads in England, including those for lorry drivers.