Police blitz on lorries breaking weight limit

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Lorry drivers who break the weight restriction on a road in the Isle of Axholme could face prosecution thanks to new technology.

Police will be working in conjunction with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency to enforce a 7.5 tonne weight restriction on Westgate Road, Belton.

For a number of years police have received a large number of complaints from local councillors, businesses and residents who claim that lorry drivers are ignoring the weight restriction on the road, potentially putting peoples lives in danger.

Specially designed equipment, which enables traffic flow on the road to be monitored, has now been installed. This gives details of such things as registration numbers, types of vehicle and weight.

A study of the road last month showed that in excess of 175 vehicles broke the weight restriction.

PC Barry Gardner, casualty reduction officer for the area, said: “The issue of vehicles breaking the weight restriction on Westgate Road, Belton has been one that has caused great concern to a number of 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, this at the same time as mothers 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 of Belton.

“As part of the consultation, all of the 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 additional signing placed on the motorway off slip Roads at junction 2 of the M180 warning drivers of the weight limit ahead.

“Since the start of this initiative we have seen a significant drop off of offending which is entirely the point therefore 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.”