Luxury lorry parks needed to lure HGV drivers back for the long haul –

Luxury lorry parks are being considered by the Government as a way to lure more people into driving HGVs, senior industry sources have revealed.

Ministers are understood to be examining how to improve working conditions for lorry drivers, who are often forced to sleep in motorway lay-bys without hot food, showers or toilets.

The Government has already announced thousands of new temporary working visas as a national shortage of around 100,000 lorry drivers threatens to paralyse fuel and food deliveries over Christmas.

However, in a crisis meeting last week, haulage industry leaders warned that the lack of lorry parks with “decent facilities” was a “major obstacle” to attracting new drivers.

Ministers had now agreed to look at how to improve the facilities on offer, a senior Whitehall source said.

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