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Police and Trading Standards join forces in operation on Swarkestone Causeway

Posted on 17th May 2017
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Our Safer Neighbourhood officers and Roads Policing Unit have teamed-up with Derbyshire’s trading standards officers in an operation on Swarkestone Causeway. 

The action came yesterday, Tuesday, May 16 in response to complaints about drivers of heavy goods vehicles breaching the weight limit over the ancient monument. 

PCSO Kerry Wallington-Waite, from the Mercia Safer Neighbourhood Team, explained: “We often receive complaints about heavy goods vehicles driving over the causeway, an ancient monument and narrow piece of road, which is not designed for such vehicles.  

The drivers of overweight vehicles who ignore the sign commit an offence and although the responsibility for prosecuting this offence sits with the county council, we are more than happy to assist them in taking action.” 

During the operation, six drivers were caught breaching the weight limit with their details taken by the trading standards team for consideration of further action and prosecution. One driver was issued with a fixed penalty for using his mobile phone. 

Members of the public are also encouraged to report such breaches and can do so via the Derbyshire County Council website at https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/business/trading_standards/weight_restrictions/weight_restriction_reporting/default.asp 

For more information you can contact the Mercia Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police. 

Alternatively send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here  or follow them on Twitter @MerciaSNT

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