Cullimore Group’s MD has called for haulage to get the support and recognition it deserves as the industry gears up for the RHA’s National Lorry Week.

Moreton Cullimore (pictured) said drivers were being let down by a lack of parking and being denied access to toilets.

The third generation family MD of the 90-year-old haulage company said he welcomed a recent statement from the Petitions Committee calling for the government to provide a revised response to an online petition demanding councils and major developers include HGV welfare facilities on their agendas.

The committee felt the initial response after it attracted more than 10,000 signatures “did not directly address the request of the petition”.

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Cullimore said: “Haulage is essential in maintaining our way of life, not least in these incredibly challenging and unprecedented times.

“Every product from your morning tea or coffee through to electrical appliances will have been transported by road at one point or another.

“Yet our drivers are constantly being let down by a lack of secure parking and being denied access to the most basic roadside facilities.”

National Lorry Week, which aims to promote the work of the haulage industry and encourage people to consider a career in it, runs from 16 to 22 November.