Bradford-on-Avon: Lorry Watch Catches More Drivers

10 March 2014, 12:13

Lorry

Lorry watch campaigners are proving they mean business after seven further prosecutions of large trucks flouting weight restrictions across a historic bridge.

Bradford on Avon Lorry Watch began in 2012 with a team of dedicated volunteers, working with the town council and Wiltshire Council, to monitor vehicles infringing the weight limit on the Town Bridge.

In the latest prosecutions in February 2014 a total of seven companies were charged totalling £5,671 in fines and costs. 

Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public protection, said: ''This is another good result for the lorry watch scheme and I thank the volunteers for their efforts. We hope this action sends out a very clear message to other haulage companies and drivers that we mean business and will take action.'' 

Below are details of the prosecutions which took place at Swindon Magistrates Court. 

Stephen Heckingbottom (driver) from Greenwood Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield. Offence committed on May 31 2013. Court hearing February 3 2014. Fined £200, costs £75, victim surcharge, £20. Total £295. 

Jake Phillips (driver) from Ilminster Close, Barry. Offence committed May 30 2013. Court hearing February 3 2014. Fined £200, costs £75, victim surcharge £20. Total £295. 

Bale Group Ltd from Honiton, Devon. Offence committed on May 30 2013. Court hearing February 3 2014. Fined £750, costs £150, victim surcharge £75. Total £975. 

Generation UK Oldbury, West Midlands. Offence committed June 26 2013. Court hearing February 17 2014. Fined £633, costs £100, victim surcharge £63. Total £796. 

Countrywide Farmers Plc Evesham, Worcestershire. Offences committed July 8 2013 and July 29 2013. Court hearing February 24 2014. Fined two x £650, costs £150, victim surcharge £65. Total £1,515. 

Bartrums Haulage Ltd Eye, Suffolk. Offence committed July 8 2013. Court hearing February 24 2014. Fined £650, costs £100, victim surcharge £65. Total £815. 

Turners (Soham) Ltd, Newmarket, Suffolk. Offence committed July 8 2013. Court hearing February 24 2014. Fined £800, costs £100, victim surcharge £80. Total £980.