§ 73. Sir J. Langford-Holt
asked the Minister of Transport (1) whether he will take steps to end the discrimination against motorists who are forbidden to use the transport cafes in the service areas of motorways where meals are served cheaper;
(2) whether he will take steps to end the practice of cheaper meals being served to drivers of commercial vehicles in the restaurants of service areas on motorways when they are availing themselves of the same services as family motorists who are not allowed to enter the transport cafes on the same areas.
Mr. Bob Brown
Transport cafés, whilst primarily intended to cater for the special requirements of drivers of commercial transport, are not reserved solely for them; but accommodation is limited, and they have priority.
It is normal catering practice to charge different prices for different standards of service in the same catering establishment, but when the transport café is closed we do require the operator to provide elsewhere the type and standard of meals normally serviced in that café".