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Fornham All Saints and Barnham join scheme to stop HGV drivers flouting road restrictions

Two West Suffolk villages have signed up to a scheme targeting HGV drivers who flout road restrictions.

Fornham All Saints and Barnham have joined Lorry Watch which sees volunteers monitor and report those ignoring weight restrictions.

They join nine other schemes across Suffolk, set up with Suffolk County Council’s Trading Standards and Suffolk Highways.

Fornham All Saints
Fornham All Saints

Cllr Richard Rout, county council cabinet member for environment and public protection, said: “Lorry Watch has proved highly effective in reducing the number of HGVs travelling through restricted areas.

“I’m grateful to the volunteers who report potential offenders to us, so that we can do our best to make sure our local communities and highways are kept safe.”

Suffolk Lorry Watch launched in 2012 and to date has reported nearly 3,000 incidents of HGV vehicles exceeding weight limits.

The council says drivers are ‘taking notice when they are first contacted’ as only four repeat offenders have been issued with a warning.

Weight restriction orders make it an offence to drive a vehicle through the restricted area where the vehicle exceeds the weight limit imposed unless they are exempt, which can be when they deliver or collect within the restriction zone.

If drivers from the same haulage company are being reported, the firm will receive advice on training staff.

The offence remains with the driver unless the haulage firm has caused the offence.

Trading Standards can enforce weight restrictions orders under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Cllr Rout added: “I would encourage anyone with concerns about HGVs ignoring restrictions in their community, to get in touch and consider a Lorry Watch scheme or find out more about our recently launched Community Self Help Scheme.”

Anyone interested in joining Lorry Watch, should email lorrywatch@suffolk.gov.uk or call 01473 264859 (option A).

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