Hauliers face washer ban
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by Karen Miles • Hauliers are facing vehicle washing bans this summer because of Britain's longest drought for more than two centuries.
Restrictions are most likely to hit operators in the South and East—water companies could stop hauliers using their vehicle washers in a bid to conserve supplies.
The water companies have identified hauliers as big users of water.
Any applications by the water utilities to the Department of Environment for orders restricting the use of water by business would affect many operators, especially those working for clients demanding ultra-clean trucks and trailers, such as the supermarkets.
Southern Water, which provides water to 300 commercial vehicle sites in Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and the Isle of Wight, says any bans will be geographically selective and will not affect health and safety requirements, such as washing out refrigerated trailers between loads.
Any hauliers breaking such bans could be fined up to £5,000 at a magistrates court.
Southern Water's operational projects manager Kevan Mossman adds: "Whether there are washing bans or not, we can advise hauliers on reducing their consumption."
7 For information on recycling water to cut your truck cleaning bills see the Green Bulletin in CM 27 June-3 July 1996.