12:39 Monday 10 February 2014

Cooperation is key to tackling HGV issue

Written byROB SMYTH

A HOST of organisations are joining forces in a bid to try and tackle problems with lorries using roads they should not in a South Derbyshire village.

Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire County Council Trading Standards are joining forces in a bid to address concerns from residents in Bretby after lorry drivers continually used routes in the area which they are prohibited from doing so.

People are now being urged to make a not of any vehicle that flouts any road regulations and to pass that information to both the police and the council.

A spokesman for the force said: “Residents have been raising issue about HGV’s being on roads they should not in Bretby.

“We would urge people, if they see this happening, to report this to the police or to the county council’s trading standards department.

“The county council will write directly to firms if registration plates are reported.

“It should also be known that the authority can issue larger fines than the police.”

A spokesman for the county council said: “Many of the county’s roads and several of its bridges have a weight restriction placed on them for either environmental or structural reasons.

“Environmental restrictions are put in place to keep HGVs away from rural areas, villages, residential estates and other roads which are considered unsuitable or dangerous for them to use.

“Structural restrictions are put in place to reduce ‘wear and tear’ on roads and bridges vulnerable to damage such as Swarkestone Bridge and the Bailey bridge, in Walton on Trent.

“HGVs with a maximum gross weight above the restriction limit are prohibited from travelling along those roads.

“We can issue written ‘first-time’ warnings to operators and/or drivers found breaking restrictions

“We can also report companies and/or drivers found committing a second offence after a warning - this may result in them being taken to court

“We encourage residents to report any issues they may have via our website.”

To report a vehicle flouting weight restrictions, visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk

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