DfT quashes calls for LRUC money to improve truck parking
Cabinet member for highways, Councillor Bryan Sweetland, says that half of the estimated £25m a year raised through the lorry road user charge (LRUC) would be enough to pay for a solution to Operation Stack and HGV parking problems in Kent. And he says the government should give some of the money made from the LRUC for a long term solution on “moral grounds”.
Sweetland says: “This could either be a lorry park or smaller parks with facilities. But whatever option we pursue, we still need to find funding otherwise it’s not possible.
“We’ve been calling for a foreign lorry tax for years. The DfT has a moral responsibility to Kent seeing as nine out of ten lorries come through here.”
In April a Kent homeowner who says drivers regularly defecate and urinate in his garden also said the government should provide a solution because the problem was a social issue that was being ignored.
However, a DfT spokeswoman tells Commercialmotor.com that funding Kent’s transport problems using LRUC cash is not an option: “Any funds that would come from a tax like that would go to the Treasury and then be divvied up from there. It would be our policy decision [on where it’s spent], but it’s just not something that is being considered at the moment.”