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Hauliers are still parking in unsafe locations with inadequate welfare, hygiene and sanitation facilities - two years after the government promised to provide more secure parking sites.

The complaint from the FTA comes at a time when the vital role of the lorry driver has been brought home to the public, as they continue to provide goods the country needs to get through the lockdown.

But hauliers said parking provision has not improved since the Department for Transport published a survey in 2018 identifying the immediate need for 1,411 HGV parking spaces across the country.

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In the South East alone, 37% more overnight parking spaces are required to meet basic demand.

Chris Yarsley, FTA policy manager said: “The Covid-19 outbreak has brought home how vital lorry drivers are to society and the economy; they are working tirelessly, and bravely, to provide the goods the nation needs to get through the pandemic.

“Yet the government fails to provide them with even the most basic provision.

“No other industry would be expected to operate in such conditions; the government has no excuse not to deliver on its promises.”