Short cut leads to prosecution for HGV driver (Warmley)

A heavy commercial vehicle driver has been prosecuted for driving his lorry through a 7.5 tonne environmental weight limit in Warmley, South Gloucestershire.

The driver, Henry Michael James, 55, of Clevedon pleaded guilty when he appeared at North Avon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 26th April 2011.

James was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £250 plus a £15 victim surcharge for driving his 18 tonne truck along Mill Lane, Warmley on Tuesday 28th September 2010. A Trading Standards enforcement officer who was in the area at the time, saw James driving his vehicle through the weight restriction whilst en-route to his depot in North Common.

Chief Inspector of Weights & Measures Andy Watson, said: “This is yet another prosecution in recent months of drivers who have failed to abide weight restriction requirements.

“Regulatory signage in the area is clear to truck drivers and they should adhere to the restriction applicable to the weight of their vehicle.”

Trading Standards & Licensing Manager, Mark Pullin, said: “My officers, in partnership with the police, regularly conduct weight restriction enforcement checks to ensure drivers of heavy commercial vehicles do not breach the weight limits in South Gloucestershire.”

“Heavy goods vehicle drivers should comply with the weight limits imposed on roads and bridges, if they do not understand the requirements, they should refresh themselves with the Highway Code.”

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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