RHA urges Scottish Government to accelerate lorry parking spaces audit

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The expected closure of Lockerbie Lorry Park, which we reported on earlier this month, has seen the Road Haulage Association call on the Scottish Government to address issues related to lorry parking in Scotland.

RHA urges Scottish Government to accelerate lorry parking spaces audit
Photo: Anthony O'Neil, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In the opinion of the RHA, Lockerbie Lorry Parks is a “strategically important Scottish site” due to its location by the A74 between junctions 16 and 17, as well as the fact it has 160 lorry bays and a 24-hour café.

“Critical for driver welfare, the stop provides a range of facilities including showers, a launderette, changing rooms, a licensed bar and safe parking,” writes the RHA.

The RHA’s statement on the matter adds:

“The number of overnight parking places for lorries in Scotland continues to fall. Key strategic areas are being left with no provision at all; this is bad for drivers and a potential safety risk. The RHA call upon the Scottish Government to accelerate their audit of lorry parking spaces and commit to engaging with relevant stakeholders who can quickly address these problems.”

The RHA also stresses it will “continue to push governments in Westminster, Holyrood, Stormont and Cardiff to take whatever steps they can to provide more, better, safer facilities for drivers.”

In addition, the organisation continues to call on the public to sign its petition for more HGV driver facilities in the UK.

Photo: Anthony O’Neil, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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