Lorry drivers barred from depot loos
Lorry drivers maintaining vital supplies are being denied access to toilet and handwashing facilities at hubs servicing major UK retailers including Tesco and Boots, it is claimed.
A letter from Public Health England (PHE) stressing the need to allow access to facilities is being circulated to drivers by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) to drivers who can produce it when they are denied the right to use washrooms. The RHA, which represents the industry, said the PHE was “appalled” when it raised the matter following numerous complaints.
“This behaviour from distribution centres is simply not acceptable. Preventing drivers from using toilets is illegal,” said the RHA’s managing director, Rod McKenzie.
All hauliers are being urged to carry a copy of the letter, which says “there is no health reason to deny access to toilet facilities to freight drivers”.
A Boots spokesperson said the company had always asked warehouse delivery drivers to wait in designated waiting areas rather than their cabs, while their deliveries are being unloaded for health and safety reasons.
But it added: “We are currently exploring additional locations on site for our drivers to wait to allow for the recommended social distancing guidelines and are taking extra measures to ensure the cleanliness and hygiene within the warehouse and waiting areas.”
Tesco said last night: “We take the health and safety of our colleagues extremely seriously and have worked with our suppliers to put in place new guidelines for distribution drivers which take effect this evening.”