Police tackle 5,000 illegally-parked lorries in Kent in 18 months
PUBLISHED: 10:01 13 July 2017
Fresh laws to comat the issue are set to be introduced by the government shortly
Work to tackle illegal and anti-social lorry parking in Kent has seen more than 5,000 trucks deals with over the last 18 months.
A total of 5,019 lorries have been moved on, fined or immobilised by officers from Kent Police and Highways England since the joint enforcement operation started in December 2015.
Some 4,294 HGVs were moved on because they were parked illegally or inappropriately and 18 others were dealt with for other traffic offences.
Graduated Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to 695 drivers and 12 HGVs were immobilised after initially refusing to pay their fines.
Under the operation, officers patrol key locations including the A2 near Cobham and Lydden, the M20 and A20 between junction 9 and Dover, and the M2 at Farthing Corner.
Kent County Council revealed last months that fresh laws to combat the issue are set to be introduced by the government shortly.
Transport chief Matthew Balfour added that the council had a list of potential sites in the county where lorries could park appropriately.
Cllr Balfour would not disclose their location but a planning application was recently submitted for a facility in Whitfield, near Dover, capable of holding 300 trucks.
Chief inspector Peter Steenhuis from the Roads Policing Unit said: “There are more lorries on the roads of Kent than ever before and that is having an impact on the wider road network and local communities.
“We appreciate that HGV drivers are under pressure to meet legal requirements about taking rest breaks and driving hours, but it is completely unacceptable to endanger other road users and park on slip roads and the hard shoulder.
“We continue to urge HGV drivers to plan their journeys in advance and to use official, legal and safe facilities for parking while they take their breaks.”