I still follow what's going on in transport even now, it's eleven years since I last sat in a lorry cab. I like seeing pictures of all the new modern trucks that are coming out, and reading up what the jobs are like. My last job was driving a Volvo, a beautiful cab I thought at the time. It was like sitting in an armchair, so comfortable and could be driven with very little effort.
I am picking up lots of comments from disgruntled, and angry, lorry drivers, who are not allowed to use the toilet and hand washing facilities when they get to their delivery point. Large and small companies are putting up notices to say it is now forbidden to enter the building to access the facilities, where as before they were allowed to.
Someone can be driving for up to four hours to get to their delivery point, to make the deadline. They need to have a pee. They have been sworn at, and told emphatically, no you can't use the toilet. One place put in a couple of portaloos outside, with nowhere to wash hands. One driver was told to pee on the ground next to his cab.
It is actually illegal not to provide facilities for visiting drivers. Some deliveries can take up to four hours for the trailer to be emptied, and the driver can't go into the building. No wonder you see plastic pop bottles dumped at the side of the road containing a yellowy liquid.
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Yorkshire Envelopes Bingley told a driver who was bursting for the toilet to pee at the side of his truck and they would then bring hand sanitiser out to him. What sort of genius thinks using yards as open toilets is in any way going to help?
There are lots of comments like this. It was pretty bad years ago when I was driving, seems with this Coronavirus things have taken a backwards step. Now drivers are treated like lepers.
Please treat lorry drivers with respect, without them the stores would be permanently empty.
Sunny outside, a bit of gardening I think would be nice.
Toodle pip. ilona
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