The Chippenham Pit Stop’s campaign to improve life on the road for the UK’s truck drivers and has been boosted by a private visit from Roads Minister Jesse Norman.
He came to Truckstop News’ 2017 Truckstop of the Year to see the measures implemented over the past three years to create a home from home environment for the hundreds of drivers from all over the UK and Europe who call in at the Wiltshire trcukstop every week day.
“The Pit Stop with its great facilities, home cooled food and even an onsite gym, sets a national standard within an increasingly professionalised industry,” he said.
While around 90% of all the UK’s domestic and commercial goods are carried by road, there is a growing shortage of young drivers due to long hours spent behind the wheel.
So the Pit Stop crew, led by Managing Director David Hatherell, has gone the extra mile to provide first class facilities and even monthly health campaigns drawing attention driver susceptible conditions and have even created short walk around surrounding countryside for which maps are provided.
“We are hoping we can lead by example so that service conditions for life on the road can be improved across the country for drivers without whose efforts our entire domestic and commercial economy would grind to a halt,” said Mr Hatherell.
“Currently hundreds of drivers are to be found parked up in laybys all over the UK at night mostly because of the lack of facilities where they can have a shower and enjoy a hot meal before retiring for the night,” he said.
During Mr Norman’s tour he sampled its home cooking and attended a reception and question and answer session with regional representatives of the Road Haulage and Freight Transport Associations before being driven back to Chippenham station in DAF’s Truck of the Year.
Mr Norman said it was “great to visit the Pit Stop and easy to see why it had been named Truckstop of the Year 2017.”