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Illegal lorry parking - police move on 2,700 truckers

Friday 28th October 2016


More than 2,700 lorries have been dealt with by Kent Police for unsafe or illegal parking.

Since December last year, Kent Police and Highways England have moved on, fined or immobilised a total of 2,748 lorries as part of joint enforcement work to keep Kent’s roads safe.

The issue has been highlighted by the Mid Kent MP Helen Whately who says so-called fly-parking to be dangerous, antisocial, unhygienic and illegal.

Despite the clampdown, the practice is widespread and a daily occurence in all parts of the borough.

One county councillor feel there is much that can be done.

Residents affected claim then lorry drivers leave litter and human waste near their vehicles

Officers from the two agencies have been targeting HGVs parked on the hard shoulder and motorway slip roads to tackle antisocial and illegal behaviour by long-distance drivers.

Chief Inspector Amanda Tillotson from Kent Police said: "While we have noticed an improvement in behaviour and attitudes, there are still some HGV drivers who think they are above the law and continue to park illegally and antisocially on hard shoulders and motorway slip roads.

"This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Kent. The hard shoulder is not for rest breaks – it is for the use of broken down vehicles and the emergency services."

In 10 months, Kent Police has moved on 2,249 lorries, issued 476 graduated fixed penalty notices, immobilised nine vehicles at safe locations until they paid their fines and dealt with 14 other offences.

As part of their regular patrols, officers visit key locations including the A2 near Cobham and Canterbury, the M2 Farthing Corner, the M20 at junctions eight, 11 and 13 and the A20 at Capel-le-Ferne.

Chief Inspector Tillotson said: "Long-distance drivers should know that there are much better and more appropriate facilities for HGVs to take legally-required rest breaks such as the county’s various lorry parks.

"Our message is simple – illegal and unsafe parking on our county’s roads will not be tolerated and those travelling long distances should take responsibility for planning their journeys."

County councillor Gary Cooke said: "We need to welcome the fact that then police are doing more than they were. We can always do more.

"If we are going to move lorries on, there has to be somewhere they can be moved on to."