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Campaign fights driver toilets problem

  • 18 June 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

Companies that refuse delivery drivers access to their toilets will be publicly named and shamed in a campaign to address this “fundamentally immoral” issue, according to union Unite.

The warning came as one driver told he was forced to use a water bottle after staff at Panalpina World Freight in Stockport said he couldn’t use the company’s toilets.

Truckers’ Toilets UK and Unite have teamed up to put pressure on businesses to provide facilities for visitors to their sites.

Tony Lewington, chairman of the health and safety committee at Unite, said: “We are naming and shaming companies that don’t offer the facilities. Just in my area, in Dover and Maidstone, we have seen an increase in human waste dumped in lorry parks and the sides of the road because there are no facilities.”

Gill Kemp, who heads up campaign group Truckers’ Toilets, said there is no legal requirement for companies to provide facilities, but she added: “There is this mindset that these people don’t count. There’s a lack of dignity that comes into play that I don’t think is right.”

Subbie Stephen Stopford, of Stopford Container Services in Manchester, said he was at Panalpina’s depot for three and a half hours before he was forced to urinate into a bottle. “That’s how degrading it is. I said I was taking it further and [the yard operative] said, ‘go ahead’. ”

  • This story first appeared in the 12 June issue of Commercial Motor. Why not subscribe?


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