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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

Calls for action over HGVs

They rumble through their town day and night. And, today, a group of campaigners began a fight to stop lorries and HGVs passing through Watlington in Oxfordshire.

Rather than use the M4 and A34 route, or M40, to travel between Berkshire and Oxfordshire, the small market town is often used by lorries who travel on the B4009 as a shortcut between Oxford, Thame and Reading.

Now a pressure group called Watlington Against Pollution, has been set up to reduce the number of lorries. Mel Bloor reports.