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Police crackdown on illegally parked lorries in Kent

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5,019 lorries have been moved from hard shoulders and slip roads on Kent's motorways in the past 18 months.

Kent Police have been targeting parked HGVs in a bid to tackle anti-social and illegal behaviour by long-distance drivers.

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

Fines were issued to 695 drivers and 12 were immobilised after refusing to pay a fine.

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.

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."

– Chief Inspector Peter Steenhuis, Roads Policing Unit

Hundreds of HGVs fined for illegal parking

Almost 450 HGVs parked unsafe and illegally on hard shoulders and slip roads in Kent have been moved on in less than two weeks.

Officers from Kent’s Roads Policing Unit and Highways England officers moved on a total of 447 lorries found to be parked inappropriately over a two week period this month.

Fixed penalty notices were issued to 37 vehicles.

"Parking on the hard shoulder and slip roads of busy carriageways for a rest is unsafe and illegal and it puts drivers and other road users in danger.

"Kent Police and its partners are taking a zero-tolerance approach to this kind of behaviour by lorry drivers. We are moving lorries on, fining those vehicles whose offences warrant such enforcement and those that won’t pay are moved to a safe location and immobilised until they do.

"Long-distance drivers should plan their journeys and that includes arranging safe, legal responsible locations to stop for their rest breaks."

– Superintendent Ian Hall, from Kent Police