SCRAPPED: Scheme to clamp and fine illegally parked HGVs - fury
Friday 2nd July 2021
A PILOT scheme which gave Kent County Council powers to clamp and illegally parked lorries has been scrapped.
Government decided not to extend the pilot scheme in Kent which was designed to deter the misery caused by HGVs parking in roadsides, laybys and residential areas
KCC could clamp and fine unlawfully parked trucks over five tonnes in restricted zones across seven districts to June 30.
It was hoped it would tackle the problem of illegal lorries on routes to Channel ports in the wake of Brexit.
KCC requested a six-month extension which was refused.
County councillor Gary Cooke, whose Maidstone south east division is affected by illegal parking, said: "It is very disappointing. It was always a pilot but it worked incredibly well.
"KCC demonstrated the value of the system and I regret to say that we will soon see the lorries parked illegally all over the place."
A spokesman for MP Helen Whately, who has been a vocal critic of illegal lorries, is seeking a meeting with the leader of KCC to discuss "next steps".
Chairman of Harrietsham Parish Council Eddie Powell, pictured at a site used illegally by lorry drivers, said: "I have this problem right on my doorstep and it will return. There is no deterrent now. Crazy."
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