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LORRY BAN: Police act for first time in months to stop illegal HGVs

Wednesday 12th May 2021

POLICE have been out spotting illegal lorry drivers breaking the law this morning in Leeds village.

After months of inactivity and under growing public criticism, officers were at the gates of Leeds Castle.

Residents in the village have complained for years that Kent Police fails to enforce the 17tonne weight restriction, which bans HGVs running through to Langley and the A274 from the A20.

Lorries have churned up verges, criminally damaged cars and property with virtually no fines or tickets issued to offenders. Aggressive and antisocial behaviour is more and more common, says residents.

Local county councillor Gary Cooke, who wrote to the chief constable recently about the issue, said: "It's a start. A regular presence would be helpful to deter these drivers. 

"They have to enforce the vehicles that do break the law and the word will soon get round the drivers' lounges on the ferries and on social media.

"The minute you stop, they'll just keep on coming through."