Parking in Dover
Truckers' plea for parking in Dover from Calais
Dover council officers announced the initiative to prevent truck drivers to park in certain parts of Hawkesbury Street and Poulton Close in Dover. These prohibition initiatives follow problems of nuisance parking from trucks left on double-yellow lines in parts of Dover.
In retaliation, district and county councillor, Nigel Collor, warned the joint board of transportation in Dover that this represented a great safety risk. Indeed, truck drivers are often driving non-stop throughout the region due to the constant problem of migrants trying to break into their vehicles to smuggle themselves into Britain. The overtired truck drivers are therefore more likely to cause accidents in the South East of the UK.
"These prohibition initiatives follow problems of nuisance parking from trucks left on double-yellow lines in parts of Dover."
District councillor, Peter Walker argued: "We need to help lorry drivers find safe parking spaces.” Cross channel ferry operators have specific areas for freight drivers, however, Collor argues: "We have to look across the district to see where we can find spaces.”
In fact, a 4,000 space truck parking is planned to be built in Stanford, near Hythe, half an hour drive from Dover, yet this project may not be achieved for years.
In the short-run, UK councillors urged that space should be found a short distance further out of Dover town.
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