Truckers deserve a bit more respect
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
Lorries parked off the A20 in Ashford