UK Vocational HGV driver's funding benefit

Heavy goods vehicle drivers to benefit from £20 million funding for better roadside facilities. The £20 million pounds has been allocated to improve everyday facilities for commercial and vocational truck drivers.

Improvements are said to be;

  • Improved security
  • Improved lighting
  • Improved shower rooms
  • Improve food availability
  • Increased parking spaces
  • Improved general facilities

This adds to a package of government measures to tackle the effects of the UK global driver shortage. It also aims to improve working conditions and retain HGV drivers, backed by an overall £52.5 million investment in driver facilities. Money pledged is part of the continued government action with the industry to boost driver welfare and tackle the effects of the global driver shortage in the UK.

This funding is part of National Highways’ existing £169 million 'Users and Communities Fund', and will go specifically towards improving security, showers, and eating facilities as well as exploring increasing parking spaces for lorry drivers. Roadside service operators are being encouraged to apply for the multimillion-pound fund immediately.

It means the government has now taken 33 actions to support the sector and address a shortage of HGV drivers affecting countries around the world.

The funding takes the total government investment in driver facilities to £52.5 million since last year. £32.5 million was previously committed in the Chancellor’s budget to provide better facilities right across the country for HGV drivers, again to drive up standards and further safeguard driver comfort and safety.