PML has hailed the opening a of SNAP Parking facility at the company’s hub in Lympne, Kent as a success following one year in operation.
Since the company joined the scheme at the end of March 2022, there has been a steady increase in the number of trucks booking in to use the secure parking facilities, with an average increase of 20 more trucks per night. Drivers are said to be attracted by the new best-in-class washroom facilities, on-site catering, 24-hour security and easy access to the lorry wash and fuel pumps.
PML believes it is unique in being the only site offering separate toilet and shower facilities for women, and while the percentage of female drivers is relatively low (approximately 5%), the company has taken steps to ensure that their needs are equally catered for.
PML MD Mike Parr said: “Our priority for Kent was to provide a transport hub of an exemplary standard, which is comparable to those found on the continent, where drivers are treated with the respect that they deserve. We have had close to 4,000 truck movements at PML since March last year, with the vast majority (approximately 90%) of these being classed as overseas drivers. SNAP’S Intruck app makes it easy for these drivers to seek out the facilities at PML, which ensure that they have access to the amenities essential not only for their general wellbeing, but also for the welfare of other road users. A driver who has not been able to rest adequately for fear of their lorry being broken into, or who feels uncomfortable due to the inability to shower, freshen up and eat a decent meal, does not make for a safe driver. We will continue to focus our efforts on providing a service that genuinely caters for the needs of all drivers.”