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Outspoken MP Helen Whately calls for action on illegally parked lorries

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Mid Kent MP Helen Whately is calling on the Government to act over the scourge of illegal parking of lorries.

In a House of Commons debate, Mrs Whately urged the Department of Transport to take action over HGVs parking in inappropriate places. 

She also asked Roads Minister John Hayes to make the new lorry area planned for Stanford West available for overnight parking – not just when Operation Stack is in force.

He will consider improving enforcement and steps to tackle litter on roadsides.

Outspoken Mrs Whately called the debate and said: "Fly-parking – when lorries park outside of proper parking areas – is not just annoying, it’s dangerous. The problem has got steadily worse, and the time has come for a clamp down."

She said a tragic reminder of just how dangerous was the death last year of Susan Mellor, a 74-four year old woman from Maidstone, who crashed into a lorry parked on the hard shoulder at Junction 7 of the M20.

She added: " As people living in my area of Kent know, lorries fill every lay-by, line up on the hard shoulder of slip roads, crawl onto the verges of country lanes and tuck themselves away in housing estates...there’s also littering and fouling of verges and hedges with human waste. Residents nearby are understandably upset, and it’s pretty bad for the drivers themselves."