When on the ferry between Britain and either Netherlands or Ireland, there's a trucker's lounge. Only truckers allowed. Why do the ferries have this? I can understand the point of the Stena Plus Lounge — additional cost for additional luxury — but why the truckers lounge?

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    I would say, truckers are a reliable source of income. There is competition and truckers can choose the ferry company they want to catch. Hence they offer the truckers benefits to get their business. – Rodney Hawkins Sep 3 '17 at 21:12
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    @RodneyHawkins I agree, same reason why some hotels have crew lounges.. so airlines would choose them for their crewmembers for overnight layovers... – Nean Der Thal Sep 3 '17 at 21:57
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    @NeanDerThal Interesting, I didn't know about crew lounges. – gerrit Sep 3 '17 at 22:22
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    Truckers are ferry companies equivalent of airlines Business Class frequent flyers - a good source of regular revenue, if you keep the customer happy.... – Moo Sep 3 '17 at 23:28
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    Don't forget that the truck is paying a lot more than a regular car. – JonathanReez Sep 3 '17 at 23:38

Because truckers are a solid source of serious revenue. If each truck brings in (say) €500 of revenue, and all it takes to get the driver to choose a particular ferry company is a €1 cup of coffee and a spare room with some daggy sofas, offering this as a "trucker's lounge" is a no-brainer.

Incidentally, this kind of thing is pretty common at highway rest areas as well, and long-distance bus drivers in particular know exactly where to go. Fill up your truck here and get a free cup of coffee, or better yet, drop off a busload of passengers for a break and get a free meal.

  • Quite a few highway rest areas come with free showers for truckers as well. – Moo Sep 3 '17 at 23:48
  • Or not technically free, but well featured in their membership club programs. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Sep 3 '17 at 23:56

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