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Lorry Drivers Fined for Breaching Weight Restrictions

They were:

Martin Nigel Slade (7.5 tonne, in contravention of the 3 tonne order in place at Shabbington East Bridge) (Age 64) (from Warfield, Bracknell) (offence date 11/02/2015)

£105 Fine

£130 Costs

£20 Victim Surcharge

Mark Wren (26 tonne, in contravention of the 3 tonne order in place at Shabbington East Bridge) (Age 49) (from Kidlington) (offence date 11/02/2015)

£145 Fine

£130 Costs

£20 Victim Surcharge

Carl Ellis (38 tonne, in contravention of the 7.5 tonne order in place at Watlington and surrounding area) (Age 58) (from Salisbury) (offence date 01/04/2015)

£150 Fine

£130 Costs

£20 Victim Surcharge

All three cases, heard on October 12  resulted from checks carried out by Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.

Jody Kerman, Operations Manager for the service said: “We conduct pro-active checks at a number of locations across the county, and investigate all public reports received. Shabbington East Bridge has been identified as a weak bridge, and therefore a 3 tonne limit is in place to protect it from further damage.

“The Watlington weight restriction covers a number of roads in Watlington and the surrounding area.  It is there to prevent large vehicles from using unsuitable roads, and from taking shortcuts to and from main arterial routes, such as the M40.

“We are currently investigating a further 60 weight restriction breaches from around the county.”

Anyone wishing to report a suspected breach of a weight restriction should visit the Trading Standards  website, where there is also guidance on what to look out for, and the information to obtain at the time.

County Council cabinet member Rodney Rose said: ”We understand there are times when lorries need to breach environmental regulations to make deliveries for example. However, there are some drivers who simply flout these rules and these penalties show that we are prepared to take action against them and will hopefully act as a deterrent to others.”



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