Lack of HGV facilities no excuse for parking on hard shoulder, say UK road police

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Last night, BCH Road Policing Unit tweeted of how it had reported an HGV driver for parking on the hard shoulder of the M1 earlier in the evening. The tweet then prompted a comment from an Essex-based logistics company that suggested instances like this would not happen if more and better HGV facilities were available. In reply, the police shot down the claim, saying that “plenty of professional drivers manage their time effectively without putting others at risk."

Lack of HGV facilities no excuse for parking on hard shoulder, say UK road police
Photo: BCH Road Policing Unit

In the original tweet that prompted the debate, BCH Road Policing Unit posted the above photo of the offending HGV, which appears to be hauling a blue trailer belonging to a major UK parcel courier firm.

The tweet was accompanied with the following text:

“Greetings from RPU South. Lots of RTCs on the M1 this evening, most due to lack of attention in traffic. Blocking the hard shoulder to take a rest like this HGV only serves to delay our attendance at scene and puts lives at risk. The hard shoulder is not a lay-by. Reported.”

In the comments section below the tweet, Phoenix Specialist Logistics Ltd offered the opinion that such parking offences would not happen if the UK’s HGV parking situation was significantly better.

The Essex-based transport firm’s twitter profile wrote:

“Maybe if there was plenty more areas to have a break that’s not overrun with Eastern European drivers or ind estates that you don’t get a parking ticket on, maybe we wouldn’t need to stop in silly places …….central London also do not accommodate for HGVs. Facilities needed now.”

BCH Road Policing Unit nonetheless strongly stated that in its opinion, the lack of parking capacity is not a valid excuse.

In reply to Phoenix Specialist Logistics’ tweet, BCH Road Policing Unit wrote:

“There’s silly, and then there’s dangerous. Try using that argument when you’ve caused a serious or fatal RTC because it was convenient for you to park dangerous place. Plenty of professional drivers manage their time effectively without putting others at risk.”

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