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LORRY CRISIS: Fury at plans to allow heavier trucks on Maidstone's roads

Friday 22nd January 2021

COUNCILLORS have criticised government plans to allow heavier, but fewer, vehicles on the roads.

Ministers propose a maximum amount of goods a lorry can carry from 44 tonnes to 48 tonnes in a four-year trial. This would be restricted to HGVs whose cargo will also need to be transported by boat or rail.

The Department for Transport said freight travel within the UK would become more “efficient” with fewer lorries on the country’s roads. It would also support the movement of goods by ferry and rail.

But it is bad news for some communities, such as Leeds and Langley villages, plagued by illegal lorries defying a ban locals say the police “are totally disinterested in enforcing”.

Recent attempts by villagers to engage police in enforcement have proved fruitless.

A trial for Kent has not been ruled out. If approved, this would cover a route of up to 50 miles. Locals authorities could receive up to £500,000 of grant cash.

Kent County Council's transport committee opposed the move describing it as a "Trojan Horse".