ILLEGAL HGVs: Kent chief constable urged to act after years 'doing nothing'
Friday 7th May 2021
THE chief constable of Kent Police has been urged to intervene in the growing issue of non-enforcement of HGV bans in two villages in the borough.
Critics say years of inaction by the force to deal with truckers brazenly ignoring weight restrictions in Collier Street and Leeds has led to one MP calling on its boss Alan Pughsley to address public concerns.
Collier Street activist Sean Randell, pictured with Sraah Perks and Gill Harker, said he has become increasingly frustrated with Kent Police for failing to enforce the weight restriction on the B2162 and with Kent County Council for failing to process data provided about illegal driving.
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Mr Randell said: “If there are no consequences, it is free rein for driver to do what they want. And they do. Kent Police haven't done anything around here in years. They're not interested.”
MP Helen Grant said: “I completely understand the frustration of residents in areas such as Yalding, Collier Street and Marden about HGV activity.
“I have raised their specific concerns with the Chief Constable, Alan Pughsley, and asked him what more Kent Police officers could do to clamp down on illegal HGV activity in the Low Weald.”
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Kent Police confirmed no action had been taken in relation to illegal lorries in Collier Street in 2020.
MP Helen Whately is to apply pressure on Kent Police to look more closely at enforcement in Leeds.
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