Lorry drivers are responsible for providing essential supplies to citizens across the country. In fact, they were identified as key workers by the government during the pandemic. Travelling on roads for days, they need to park their vehicles at some safe and convenient spot at night, so they can get some rest and sleep. However, there is currently a shortage of such safe parking areas for lorry drivers. According to the Road Haulage Association, there is a need for about 11,000 safe, overnight parking places for HGVs.
While the quality and availability of parking areas for lorries has been a concern for drivers for some time, the growing incidents of lorries being targeted by thieves has led to increased alarm over the safety of the drivers and the goods they are transporting. The National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service reported that goods amounting to nearly £50 million had been stolen in over 3,000 lorry thefts in the UK from January to September.
Most robberies occur at unsafe parking locations at night time when drivers stop to sleep. Resistance is difficult, considering the thieves could be armed and could potentially harm the drivers. In such a scenario, drivers are usually relying only on luck to protect them from being the next one to fall prey to a robbery. The robberies sometimes result in damage to lorries, necessitating that they are taken off the roads for repair. They can also cause a delay in delivery of goods to consumers and may result in goods being damaged, which then results in further problems for the customer.
The robberies sometimes result in damage to lorries, necessitating that they are taken off the roads for repair. They can also cause a delay in delivery of goods to consumers and may result in goods being damaged, which then results in further problems for the customer.
Back in November, a lorry was hijacked on a road in Northamptonshire, with the driver and a security guard tied up as the thieves made off with £5 million worth of Apple products. The pair and the lorry were later abandoned on the road, while the thieves changed two vehicles and made off with the stolen items successfully. The stolen products included Apple iPhones, Watches, and chargers. The police in Northamptonshire had asked people to come up if they had seen vehicles that may have looked out of place or if they had been offered Apple products at unusually low prices.
With multiple thieves responsible for around 30,000 lorry thefts in the UK at large, lorry drivers continue to feel unsafe, businesses face potential losses, and customers have to put up with delayed deliveries of goods.