HGV truck frontline workers need a proper clean cab for Covid-19 Essential delivery now!

HGV truck frontline workers need a proper clean cab for Covid-19 Essential delivery now!

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Silverio Arneodo started this petition to Government

I'm a HGV Class 1 truck driver who working for a sub/agency driving essential goods during these hard times.

I would like to raise my concern as a truck driver, of which I have been identified as a 'front-liner'/'key worker', as I go to work everyday but there is a complete lack of proper sanitation on behalf of my employers; let alone the sanitation levels prescribed by government.

Every day and every night, we work with the agency and change to different 'cabs' after each shift or after each delivery, not knowing who has used the cab, how clean it is and if it has been at all. Our employers have told us that we are singularly responsible for the cleanliness of the vehicle; they have even stated, if we want our vehicles to be clean, they refuse to provide us with the necessary materials and that we must buy our own cleaning products out of our own pocket! That may include anti-bacterial spray, disinfectant, fibre-cloths, even gloves and masks. As I am sure you are aware, due to the current state of panic the country is in - it is particularly difficult to find such products. Thus, a significant amount of us are forced to take the risk of unsanitary working conditions and possibly even contracting the virus ourselves to do our 'essential work'.

Is this really proportionate, fair, even just to spend our time and our own money to sufficiently sanitise our work spaces after every shift? Bear in mind the fact that the job itself demands at least 10-12 hours a day, at times even up to 15 hours! I feel I speak on behalf of all respective truck drivers when I say we just want to feel a bit of security and backing from our employers during this difficult time. Would it be too much to ask for a cleaner to clean the cab after every shift or after each delivery has been made? Or even simply provide with the necessary products to safely carry out our 'front-line' work?

Government has asked us to take care of our sanitation and cleanliness, particularly placing a duty of care onto employers to their employees, but it seems management only cares about management; as they are the only ones being provided with such sanitation. What about us? The people who work tirelessly to provide the public with the essential goods that citizens need to live their lives.

We do not ask for much, just to feel safe and be safe while we do our job - but this is simply not the case. Please support me & others who are trying to run the country smoothly during these difficult time. Thank you! 

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