The Road Haulage Association is disappointed at the news that today sees the opening of the first ‘motorway pub’ at the Beaconsfield service area at junction 2 of the M40.
“As far as the RHA is concerned, drinking and driving is a bad mix, regardless of the size of vehicle being driven”, said RHA Spokesperson, Kate Gibbs.
“The difference between the service area at Beaconsfield and the majority of the others located throughout the UK motorway network is that the driver has to leave the environs of the motorway in order to gain access. On that basis, the argument would surely be that if a driver is determined to drink while being responsible for their vehicle, they will do so.
“However, we consider that the concept of locating licenced premises at those service areas where access is via a single entry/exit sliproad is irresponsible and should be strongly discouraged. With the ever-increasing traffic numbers now seen on the motorway network, the idea of deliberately putting the temptation to drink in front of a driver is absolute madness.
“A motorway can be a dangerous place and users them must have their wits about them at all times; particularly in poor weather conditions. These respite areas have always operated successfully without the need of an ‘alcohol outlet’ – why change that? Motorway service areas exist primarily to provide a place where tired drivers can stop safely to take a rest – not a pint”.