A trucker on the road

Twice as many truckers as company car drivers want healthy grub

A trucker on the road4 in 10 lorry drivers are frustrated by the lack of healthy food at UK truck stops – belying the myth that all truckers want to eat is a fry-up.

Indeed, while just 21% of company car drivers grumble at the lack of healthy food options at service stations, 41% of truckers rate the lack of low-fat, sugar-free food as one of their top gripes.

The survey by RAC Truck Rescue is seen as a positive sign that the trucking industry is trying to overcome its unhealthy image – and help tackle recent figures that show almost 30% of truckers are obese or morbidly obese.

“The haulage sector industry has struggled with concerns over the health of its workforce,” said RAC spokesman Matt Dallaway, “so it’s really encouraging to see this shift in attitude – but the facilities need to be there to cater for those looking for a healthy option.

“Driver health is just as important as vehicle health for any fleet.”

The RAC survey backs up findings of a recent Transport Focus report that showed the basic needs of truckers are not being met. A-roads are particularly guilty of providing truckers with substandard facilities.

The campaign group will now work with the government and Highways England to try and improve things for lorry drivers.

Surprisingly, added the RAC, the lack of healthy food was a bigger complaint of truckers than other issues such as people using mobile phones on the road and drivers hogging the middle lane.