Truckstop of the year
Here at Truckstop News, we aim to promote high standards in the quality of facilities provided for the nation’s hard working truck drivers. A good place to park for the night after a long day on the road is of paramount importance to drivers and their employers.
A good truckstop should offer excellent quality food at affordable prices. The staff should be helpful and friendly when they take orders, deliver the meals and promptly clear plates away.
A truckstop should have good toilet and shower facilities, so drivers can have a good wash in a pleasant and clean environment.
Parking areas should be safe and secure, so drivers can sleep easily knowing their trucks and loads are not being tampered with.
Other things will help drivers in their job – a good shop selling things they need for their life on the road, be it a simple snack, to toiletries, magazines and accessories for their trucks.
And with this in mind Truckstop News is proud to be the only transport journal that runs a Truckstop of the Year competition – in association with SNAP, the nation’s leading Truckstop account facility.
We hope TSoY will drive up standards, create a sense of worthiness amongst the great establishments that do support, and indeed look after, the thousands of trucks drivers working long hours day-in, day-out to keep the wheels of industry rolling and the shelves stocked.
These drivers are often away from home for long periods, bereft of the creature comforts they get at home, so stopping at a good truckstop helps them get through their weeks on the road.
Such is the high standard of entries in previous years, we believe some smaller establishments may feel they are at an unfair disadvantage against some of the bigger truckstops.
So for the 2018 award, as well as an overall Truckstop of the Year there will be three separate ‘gold’ awards for the Truckstops in three distinct sizes – large, medium or small.
For the avoidance of doubt, a small truckstop will be those with parking for up to 25 lorries, medium is for 25-100 trucks and large is for those establishments that can accommodate over 100 trucks parking of an evening.
As well as this, there are other categories. They are: best food, best shower/toilets, best ‘added value’ (shops, gyms, bars etc.), best overnight stay (this will be judged by drivers), warmest welcome and best parking area.
How to enter
You can enter as a truckstop proprietor, member of staff, or drivers can enter to recommend the establishment based on their own experiences. To enter the Truckstop News Truckstop of the year – in association with SNAP – competition, you must get your entry to us by Friday May 28 at 1800.
Below are the different categories that you can enter.
Once the entry deadline passes, TSN will draw up a shortlist and the judging will start and the winners announced in the autumn.