Police crackdown on illegally parked lorries in Kent

Credit: Kent Police

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