Lorry Watch

Lorry Watch is a scheme run by local residents. Community volunteers record details of lorries that are suspected of using unsuitable roads or not sticking to the limits and restrictions.

Once the information is collected, it is passed to Kent Police who can find the vehicle’s registered keeper.

If the vehicle is ignoring the legal limits and restrictions, the police contact the company and warn them that if they continue it may result in formal action.

If there is no limit or restriction but the road is thought unsuitable, Kent County Council will contact the company and advise them to use the Kent Freight Gateway journey planner.

Setting up a Lorry Watch

Anyone can set up a Lorry Watch. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. You need at least 2 volunteers for your Lorry Watch team. They must be aged 18 or over. Parish Councils or other community groups can be good places to find volunteers.
  2. Contact Lorry Watch by emailing freight@kent.gov.uk or on 03000 41 81 81 to discuss the idea. We will arrange delivery of the necessary equipment, give you safety information and instructions on how the scheme works.