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ERA Launches Lorry Ban Petition

ERA Launches Lorry Ban PetitionIan Brooks, Eastcote Residents' Association's Road Safety Officer, has launched a petition to tackle the increasing noise issues caused by arctic lorries driving down unsuitable residential roads during the early hours of the morning.

The routes taken by the lorry drivers, who must stick to agreed roads to minimise disruption, are illegal but Hillingdon Council have no means of investigating or punishing offenders due to opting out of the enforcement agreement in a bid to cut costs. As such residents are regularly disturbed during the early hours as lorries, some as heavy as 40-tonnes, navigate through quiet residential roads.

The ERA have therefore begun the petition to establish how widespread the disturbances are throughout the borough in an effort to highlight to Hillingdon the distress the problem is causing and urge them to reconsider the reintroduction of measures to prosecute offenders within Hillingdon.

Asked to explain the campaign, Ian Brooks said:

Many residents in Northwood, Northwood Hills, Eastcote and South Ruislip are currently having their quality of life undermined (sleep disturbed) as a result of the regular movements of 40 tonne articulated lorries travelling between the Watford area and South Ruislip at 5am.

These journeys are illegal and both the operator could receive a £550 penalty charge notice and the driver £130 for each journey contravention.

How many other residents, in other parts of the borough, are also suffering from similar noise issues during anti-social hours?

The LB of Hillingdon has opted out of the pan London enforcement agreement yet failed to implement a viable enforcement alternative.

Ian urges anybody affected by these issues to complete the petition, which can be found here.