Reality of ‘forgotten’ truck drivers delivering during lockdown


The wife of a Hull trucker says she feels like drivers are the “forgotten” key workers.

The Bransholme woman, who does not want to be named, shared a video on Twitter of an empty motorway service station with all the shops and eateries along it closed.

She said she was concerned for her husband and other drivers who are unable to get a proper meal while working out on the roads, sometimes for very long periods.

Posting the video above on Twitter, she said: “So this is a service station at #Huntingdon just above #M11 what’s the point in it been open my hubby is a trucker and like many more this is what they are faced with nothing to eat or drink its absolutely shocking is this how the UK is treating our #truckers.”

An empty service station at Huntingdon just above the M11

The woman said the video shows what service stations are currently like, but says most do have WHSmith open.

Speaking to Hull Live, she said drivers are unable to get “something proper to eat”.

“It’s not just him, it’s all the truck drivers,” she said.

“There’s truck drivers who do come home on a night and then there’s truck drivers that have to stay in the cab because they are up and down the country and, with all the shops being closed and eateries being closed, the only one that is actually open is WHSmith where all they can get is either a sandwich or a cup of coffee and that’s it.

“They are not getting a decent meal when they are having to stay out.

“[I would like to see] somewhere where they can actually get something proper to eat that is going to fill them instead of a sandwich.”

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Her partner goes to work on a Monday and does not return home until a Friday and works long shifts. He sleeps in the truck while he is working away and she says there isn’t the option to cook himself anything either.

“He can go to work on Monday morning and he might not come home until Friday,” she said.

“Because he’s an ADR driver and he drives tankers, he can’t get gas canisters on to be able to cook himself something out of a tin because he is carrying flammable stuff.

“He delivers all kinds of things that come out of a tanker. But then you have got the other ones who drive for [supermarkets] who are literally out on the road at the minute 24/7 because of what’s going on and, if they are sleeping in the cab, they are not getting something decent to eat either.

“It would be nice if there was something in place for the drivers because they have been forgotten.”

The woman says while she understands and agrees with the praise and appreciation shown to other key workers such as NHS staff, she says it would be nice for drivers to be recognised too.

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“Everyone is saying thank you to the NHS which yeah, I totally agree with and thank you to the super market staff,” she said.

“Supermarket staff can go home on a night and get a decent meal. The NHS, you’ve got Domino’s and everything delivering them pizzas so they are still getting filled up and they are still going home after a 12-hour shift and getting something to eat. What are the truck drivers getting?

“He’s had one decent meal in five weeks now and that’s only because I think he went to an actual proper truck stop which did have the canteen bit open but because he doesn’t always do the same route, it’s hard to get somewhere to have something decent to eat.

“The truck drivers I think, at the minute, are like the forgotten link in all of this.”

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