Truck­ers de­serve a bit more re­spect

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

With ref­er­ence to your article last week head­lined ‘We’re first in queue for truck­ing nui­sance trial’, which for­mer Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) leader Paul Bartlett says is “a great devel­op­ment”.

What would be a proper ‘nui­sance’ is if these drivers did not do their job.

Ev­ery­thing Cllr Bartlett and his sup­port­ers eat, drink, wear, have in their homes, etc, is de­liv­ered by these ‘nui­sance truck drivers’.

We could all get by with­out some of these use­less busy-body coun­cil­lors, but would find it im­pos­si­ble to carry on with­out ‘nui­sance’ truck drivers de­liv­er­ing the goods we all de­mand in life.

Be­cause of the lack of lead­er­ship from the gov­ern­ment right down to county coun­cils and the at­ti­tude of some coun­cil­lors, we have this prob­lem.

Plenty of talk and the only ac­tion is more akin to rev­enue gen­er­a­tion than solv­ing the prob­lem.

And imag­ine the head­line ‘Truck driver hits car and kills two peo­ple whilst driv­ing over their reg­u­lated hours’.

The lo­cal MP com­plains “some­thing must be done”, coun­cil­lors con­demn, res­i­dents call for ac­tion, po­lice step up tacho­graph checks, etc.

Yet when the truck drivers do stop and obey the reg­u­la­tions, ev­ery­body con­demns them for that.

ABC’s de­ci­sion to ban overnight truck park­ing on the A20 be­tween Char­ing and Ash­ford and var­i­ous in­dus­trial es­tates is just en­cour­ag­ing such a sce­nario.

There is very lim­ited truck park­ing, of­ten over-sub­scribed, so what are drivers sup­posed to do?

The coun­cil ac­knowl­edges that there are not enough park­ing places, but will still con­tinue with its witch hunt against hard-work­ing drivers who can­not de­fend them­selves and are only de­liv­er­ing the goods that we all de­mand.

Would such in­tol­er­ance and dis­crim­i­na­tion be al­lowed in other walks of life?

Many stay overnight in Kent at week­ends be­cause they are not al­lowed to drive in France on Sun­days.

Easy for coun­cil­lors to take the moral nimby high ground and pi­ously ab­solve them­selves from any prob­lems that they have ini­ti­ated.

KCC has promised that they will build small truck parks but as usual noth­ing has hap­pened.

KCC and ABC have com­bined to gen­er­ate a nice new rev­enue stream for them­selves and all be­cause of their lack of abil­ity to solve the park­ing prob­lem. terry Hud­son Rus­sell Drive, Whit­stable should be given to small busi­nesses who could be strug­gling to make ends meet dur­ing these chal­leng­ing times. Per­haps an el­e­ment of means test­ing would be ap­pro­pri­ate. Ben Hus­sell Ash­ford

Pic­ture: Dan Wright

Lor­ries parked off the A20 in Ash­ford

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