Errant lorry drivers in Isle face fines or prosecution

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Police are clamping down on lorry drivers who put lives at risk by breaching a weight limit on an Isle road.

Drivers who ignore the 7.5 tonne weight limit on Westgate Road could have to pay a fine or go to court in the future.

Police will use new technology and work with VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) to enforce the restriction.

The action follows many complaints from local councillors, businesses and residents who claim that lives are put in danger by ignorant HGV drivers.

Equipment that monitors the traffic flow on the road is how in place. It collects details such as VRM, types of vehicle and weight. A study of the road in December 2013 showed that over 175 vehicles broke the weight restriction.

PC Barry Gardner, casualty reduction officer for the Southbank said: “The issue of vehicles breaking the weight restriction on Westgate Road, Belton has been one that has caused great concern to people in the area, for a number of years.

“The road is narrow and at times when there have been two lorries trying to pass one another on the road, they have been seen to mount the footpath, at the same time as mothers are walking their children to school. This is clearly not acceptable.

“I have been in consultation with the local authority and VOSA to discuss ways in which we can catch those lorry drivers in the act and put an end to the distress this is causing to local people.

“All businesses in the area have been written to by myself and the local road safety partnership asking for compliance with the weight restriction. This has been followed up with temporary signing placed on the motorway off sliproads at junction two of the motorway warning drivers of the weight limit ahead.

“Any vehicle which is identified as breaking the weight restriction on Westgate Road, Belton will receive the offer of either a fixed penalty notice (£50 fine) or attending at the local magistrates court. VOSA will also be looking at vehicle operators with a view to reporting companies to the traffic commissioner.

“Since the start of this initiative we have seen a significant drop off of offending, so improving the quality of life of Belton residents and reducing the potential of a goods vehicle road traffic collision on roads that were not designed or built to carry large vehicles.

“It should be stressed that we have taken these measures as a result of repeat offending despite our efforts to prevent it. Some goods vehicles do have legitimate access to this road and these vehicles will not be prosecuted. The processing of offending vehicles will continue for the foreseeable future.”