Truck drivers using P&O Ferries are to get extra support for their health and wellbeing. 

The ferry operator has announced a scheme highlighting truckers’ contribution to the economy, with free food and discounts onboard. 

P&O Ferries is already running Free Food February for Freight Drivers this month. As a result, drivers on Dover-Calais crossings can get a free meal from a special menu. 

For instance, two freight drivers per vehicle can claim a free meal by presenting their boarding tickets. 

The offer applies to sailings between midnight and 8am Monday to Friday and weekend sailings between midnight Friday and 8am Monday.

P&O Ferries is also offering cabin upgrades, allowing drivers to be more relaxed. Food and drink can be brought straight to their cabins, helping keep to the social distancing rules onboard.

Drivers can also take advantage of the World Duty Free shops because there is a 10% discount available.

P&Os new measures are designed to raise awareness of the essential role that hauliers play.

An internal team is also looking at what other changes can be made to help drivers’ health and wellbeing.

The emphasis, it seems, from P&O is ensuring drivers get enough rest and relaxation before their onward journey.

“The wellbeing of our passengers is our highest priority,” said Peter Hebblethwaite, managing firector RoPax Ferry Services. “I am delighted to be able to announce that we are taking these special measures to support freight drivers during these challenging times. 

“The dedication and hard work of freight drivers ensures supply chains remain intact and keeps food on the shelves.”