The Scottish Secure Parking Group (SSPG), of which the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is a member, is seeking views on secure HGV parking across the UK, but particularly in Scotland. It has created a short survey and hopes to hear from a wide audience, including members of the public, industry including HGV companies, and other interested parties, for example local authorities, government representatives and councillors. It wants to hear about incidents of crime directly or indirectly attributable to off-site, insecure parking and its impact on business and communities.
The SSPG membership includes FTA, the British International Freight Association, Police Scotland, the Road Haulage Association, the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, and Transport Scotland. It is gathering evidence on whether the current lack of secure parking is impacting on the haulage and logistics industries as well as having a detrimental effect on local communities, and what needs to be done to improve the situation.
The anonymous survey is open from Monday 23 April until Friday 25 May and will take about 10 minutes to complete.
The hope is that as many people as possible will take a few minutes to complete this survey. It is the first time, on a national basis, that the public, elected representatives and those involved in haulage and logistics will be able to provide an accurate snapshot of the situation as it exists at the moment.
The survey is not the end of the story, it is intended that the information will be used to inform further debate, discussion and ultimately action, to alleviate the current situation.
Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.