Joint action tackles illegal truck parking in Stanford-le-Hope

Joint action tackles illegal truck parking in Stanford-le-Hope

THURROCK Council has joined forces with Essex Police and DP World to tackle the issue of lorries using a key Thurrock road as a car park.

Inconsiderate drivers parking along the side of The Manorway, causing damage to footpaths, cycle paths and grass verges, have been moved on or fined in recent weeks as part of an innovative operation.

Operation Claire saw Thurrock Council’s Environmental Officers visit A1014 The Manorway, Corringham, throughout the night of 30 April issuing HGV drivers with Community Protection Warnings telling them to move on and fining one driver £100 after they refused to move.

Community Protection Warnings have also been issued to all of the companies which own the lorries, warning them not to allow their vehicles to park on footpaths or grass verges in Thurrock.

Cllr Robert Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said; “This action shows that we take the issue of lorries using our roads as a place to rest and park seriously and sends a clear message to lorry drivers and the companies they work for that Thurrock will take action against inconsiderate HGV drivers damaging our pavements and verges.”

Essex Police have also been exercising their powers under the Clearway act to tackle the same issue.

Inspector Paul Ballard from Grays Community Policing Team, said: “Since the end of January 2018, we have moved on more than 250 lorries from the clearway of the A1014 Manorway, Corringham.

“Some repeat offenders have been reported for breaching the clearway restriction. The hauliers have been reported to Essex Police’s commercial vehicle unit to take action against their operator’s licence.

“Our roads policing and commercial vehicle units have so far prosecuted 27 drivers for various offences.”

DP World has been encouraging all drivers using the port and Logistics Park to make use of proper haulage parking yards in the area.

Work on a truck park at DP World London Gateway, which will provide parking for a number of haulage operators and common parking for those using the port, is nearing completion and will be in operation by the end of the summer.

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