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PACIFIC NATIONAL BANS TRUCK DRIVERS FROM TOILETS | TRANSPORT NEWS

 
Yesterday, major freight rail operator Pacific National banned truck drivers from its toilets, changerooms and kitchens. 

This decision is outrageous. Pacific National must reverse it immediately. 

ATA CEO Ben Maguire said that truck drivers needed and deserved to have access to clean facilities. 

“We are all in the coronavirus epidemic together, and will only get through it together,” Mr Maguire said.

“The truck drivers arriving at Pacific National terminals may have been on the road for hours. They are a key part of the chain that links Pacific National to its customers. 

“And yet Pacific National has forgotten this. They have forgotten that drivers are important. They have forgotten that drivers are human beings. 

“The executives of Pacific National would be outraged if they were told they could no longer use the toilets in their offices or homes, if they are privileged enough to have a job where they can work remotely. 

“And yet that’s what they’ve just done to the drivers who help them stay in business. 

“Pacific National should wake up, read the Team Australia memo, and reverse this decision. Today,” he said. 

Mr Maguire said that Pacific National was the first company to be called out under the ATA’s
Keep them open campaign. 

“Through the campaign, we are working to keep roadhouses, truck stops and facilities at customers sites open across the country,” he said. 
PowerTorque magazine contacted Pacific National where spokesperson Simon Andreas stated he would report back with further details of the restrictions placed on truck drivers using the Pacific National site amenities. No response has yet been received.
The offical statement from Pacific National is as follows:

Pacific National hereby advises that, customer vehicle and truck drivers will no longer have access to amenities at Pacific National sites, effective Thursday 9 February, until further notice. This includes bathrooms, changerooms and kitchens. We look forward to once again providing you access to our amenities, once COVID-19 is behind us all. 

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