More than 2,700 HGVs dealt with by officers for illegal and unsafe parking in Kent

More than 2,700 HGVs dealt with by police and highways officers from unsafe and illegal parking locations in Kent in just under a year.

Since 17 December 2015, Kent Police and Highways England have moved on, fined or immobilised a total of 2,748 lorries as part of joint enforcement work to keep Kent’s roads safe.

Officers from the two agencies have been actively targeting HGVs parked on the hard shoulder and motorway slip roads to tackle antisocial and illegal behaviour by long-distance drivers.

Chief Inspector Amanda Tillotson from Kent Police said:

‘While we have noticed an improvement in behaviour and attitudes, there are still some HGV drivers who think they are above the law and continue to park illegally and antisocially on hard shoulders and motorway slip roads.

‘This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Kent.

‘The hard shoulder is not for rest breaks – it is for the use of broken down vehicles and the emergency services.’

 

In 10 months, Kent Police has moved on 2,249 lorries, issued 476 graduated fixed penalty notices, immobilised 9 vehicles at safe locations until they paid their fines and dealt with 14 other offences.

As part of their regular patrols, officers visit key locations including the A2 near Cobham and Canterbury, the M2 Farthing Corner, the M20 at junctions eight, 11 and 13 and the A20 at Capel-le-Ferne.

Chief Inspector Tillotson said:

‘Long-distance drivers should know that there are much better and more appropriate facilities for HGVs to take legally-required rest breaks such as the county’s various lorry parks.

‘Our message is simple – illegal and unsafe parking on our county’s roads will not be tolerated and those travelling long distances should take responsibility for planning their journeys.’

 

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