“Chaos and misery” for drivers stuck in “chronically overcrowded” truck fleets
Truck drivers face “chaos” due to a lack of parking spaces and poor sanitation facilities, a leading union has warned.
Unite said services and truck fleets in Kent have become “chronically overcrowded”, causing tensions among drivers.
If drivers don’t follow the rules, they are punished and fined even though they are legally required to take breaks, the union said.
Unite said its members were reporting the problems were getting worse as traffic increased and were now affecting services in other areas such as Essex.
Gas stations are so overcrowded that drivers are forced to park overnight on double yellow lines on entry and exit ramps, in coach parking lots and in front of gasoline garages, the union added.
Drivers have reported that overcrowding has become so severe that brawls have broken out as vehicles are stranded.
Unite’s national officer, Adrian Jones, said: “Drivers face months of additional chaos and misery of parking in Kent.
“There are simply not enough fleet of trucks and services provided to meet the demands and needs of drivers.
“It is very disturbing to learn that in extreme cases, fights have broken out.
“The added stress and strain that Kent’s parking ban places on drivers is another factor explaining why so many people are leaving the industry.
“The industry is already in crisis due to the shortage of drivers and the Kent parking ban is making matters worse.”
Unite called for measures to help truck drivers park safely and have access to decent facilities.