Posted on 30th March 2017
Our officers from the Mercia Safer Neighbourhood Team have joined forces with Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team to bring a prosecution against a lorry driver for breaching the weight limit on the Swarkestone Causeway in South Derbyshire.
At a hearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, March 22, John Jackson a 34 year-old man from Grimsby was convicted of breaching the prescribed limit of 7.5 tonnes.
In September last year he had been witnessed driving the Scania 6-axled articulated goods vehicle over the causeway towards Derby by a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) from the team. The Scania has a gross weight of 44 tonnes compared to the legal limit of 7.5.
The driver was fined £440 and issued with a victim surcharge of £159.
PCSO Kerry Wallington-Waite from the team said: “We do receive complaints about heavy goods vehicles driving over the causeway which is an ancient monument. It is a narrow piece of road which is not designed for such vehicles.
“When the drivers of overweight vehicles ignore the signs they commit an offence, cause a danger to other road users and could also be causing damage to the causeway.
“Although the responsibility for prosecuting this offence sits with the county council, we are more than happy to assist them by providing the necessary evidence to help them take action.
“We want to deter other drivers of overweight HGVs from using this route and as such are happy with the results of this case.”
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.
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