Park­ing purge has tar­geted 5,000 trucks in 18 months

Moved, fined or im­mo­bilised in clam­p­down

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points of view - By Sam Lennon

An op­er­a­tion to tar­get il­le­gal and anti-so­cial lorry park­ing has reached a mile­stone with more than 5,000 ve­hi­cles dealt with in just over 18 months.

A to­tal of 5,019 lor­ries have been moved on, fined or im­mo­bilised by po­lice and of­fi­cials from High­ways Eng­land since the joint en­force­ment op­er­a­tion started in De­cem­ber 2015.

A to­tal of 4,294 HGVs were moved on be­cause they were parked il­le­gally or in­ap­pro­pri­ately and 18 oth­ers were dealt with for other traf­fic of­fences.

Fixed penalty no­tices have been is­sued to 695 driv­ers. A to­tal of 12 HGVs were im­mo­bilised af­ter ini­tially re­fus­ing to pay their fines.

Un­der the op­er­a­tion, of­fi­cers pa­trol key lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing the A2 near Cob­ham and Ly­d­den, the M20 and A20 be­tween junc­tion 9 and Dover, and the M2 at Farthing Cor­ner.

Ch Insp Peter Steen­huis from the roads polic­ing unit said: “There are more lor­ries on the roads of Kent than ever be­fore and that is hav­ing an im­pact on the wider road net­work and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. We ap­pre­ci­ate that HGV driv­ers are un­der pres­sure to meet le­gal re­quire­ments about tak­ing rest breaks and driv­ing hours.

“But it is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able to en­dan­ger other road users and park on slip roads and the hard shoul­der.

“We con­tinue to urge HGV driv­ers to plan their jour­neys in ad­vance and to use of­fi­cial, le­gal and safe fa­cil­i­ties for park­ing while they take their breaks.”

‘It is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able to en­dan­ger other road users’

Po­lice crack down on il­le­gally parked lorry driv­ers

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