THE Chippenham Pit Stop is introducing temperature checks for drivers.

The truck stop, just off junction 17 of the M4, has continued operating throughout the crisis providing overnight cab accommodation, showers, hot takeaway meals and a shop.

Now the Pit Stop is installing a Hikvision body temperature measurement camera linked to its CCTV system so that an alarm will sound if any trucker or other customer should enter with a tell-tale temperature.

Managing Director David Hatherell said with the lifting of restrictions and the reopening of the Pit Stop’s popular restaurant, the camera was crucial for the continued well-being of all customers and staff.

“It might well be that a trucker or other customer may simply have become too hot, so we’ll invite him or her to take a seat outside and be given a chance to cool down with a glass of water before seeking readmittance,” he said. “But if they are still shown to have a high temperature, then we’ll be suggesting they seek medical advice.”