Logistics UK says that truck parking is under pressure more than ever.
Specifically, it believes that a government decision is to blame.
However, the business group understands why the decision to temporarily extend cabotage rules has been taken.
But, the decision will, says Logistics UK’s James Firth, force more overnight lay-by parking.
“Our members supported a temporary, limited extension to the system,” he explained.
“Therefore, this decision mitigates some of the impacts caused by the driver shortage for the supply chain,”
Furthermore, Firth said he recognised the “breathing space” would help to get more British drivers trained and tested.
“Logistics UK’s priority is supply chain resilience, and that we keep Britain trading.”
Specifically, Logistics UK is concerned about the length of time overseas drivers are allowed in the UK.
Furthermore, the business group asked for the period of cabotage be for seven, not 14, days.
As a result, parking is under pressure from other trucks.
“By allowing non-UK hauliers to work in the UK for 14 days, the drivers’ legally mandated weekly rest will need to be taken in the UK,” said Firth.
As a result, pressure on existing HGV parking spaces will be increased, added the head of road freight regulation policy.
“The government assesses [this figure] as being at least 1,400 spaces short.
“Therefore, it will lead to more drivers being forced to sleep overnight on the sides of roads or in insecure locations.”
Firth says it is vital that the temporary nature of this extension is adhered to.
Importantly, he wants to ensure that competition from non-UK businesses has a minimal impact on British haulage companies.
“We have received a commitment from government that the arrangements will be reviewed after three months.
“In addition we’ve been told that there will be increased monitoring and enforcement”,” he added.