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Trading standards prosecutions for lorry drivers flouting weight limits

Lorry drivers who ignore weight restrictions on roads and bridges are being warned by trading standards they could be hauled before the court following a series of successful prosecutions.
Staffordshire county council’s trading standards team has a strict zero tolerance policy against HGV drivers that flout weight limits on the highways.
A total of seventeen employees from separate haulage companies have appeared at Fenton and Burton on Trent Magistrates Courts after the team carried out a number surveillance operations.
They targeted roads and bridges across the county following complaints from residents. Each location has a 7.5 tonne weight limit.
Motorists who ignore the limits – which are clearly signposted - face a maximum fine of £1,000.
County Councillor Pat Corfield, Cabinet member Culture, Communities and Customers, said: “In Staffordshire we are clamping down on lorry drivers who flout the law and ignore weight restrictions that are in force on our roads. These prosecutions give a clear message – we will not tolerate this blatant abuse of the law in our county.
“Weight limits are put in place for good reasons. HGV drivers who use residential areas as rat runs can pose a significant safety risk to pedestrians as well as disrupting residents and impacting on their quality of life.
“Lorries that have been driven up narrow, windy roads can also cause traffic chaos when they get stuck and can’t turn around. If they are too heavy for a particular street, they can do some very expensive damage to the carriageway.
“The trading standards team is very much on the case with this issue and will be taking tough action against drivers caught breaking the law.”