Tired truck drivers may be able to refresh themselves using portable oxygen at a new dedicated coach and lorry park in Birmingham.
The city centre has been without a site of this kind for ten years after Masshouse Coach and Lorry Park closed in 2002.
However, the new facilities have now been launched with showers, toilets and restrooms for drivers as well as 32 parking spaces that are monitored by CCTV.
Director of policy at the Road Haulage Association Jack Semple pointed out that lorry drivers are required by law to take regular breaks in the interests of road safety.
"This is good news for the industry, because it meets an urgent need," he stated, adding Birmingham has previously "been very poorly served in terms of suitable truck parking".
Last week, head of training at the Institute of Advanced Motorists Drive & Survive Simon Elstow warned motorists not to rely on coffee to keep them awake when they are on a long drive, encouraging them to take a break and have a 20-minute nap.
Posted by Stewart Elliott
16/01/2012 15:25:40Subscribe to the News RSS feed