Driver is fined after admitting breaking limit

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A LORRY driver has been fined after admitting breaking a road weight limit.

Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards team said John Johnson drove his large Mercedes heavy goods vehicle – with a weight of up to 26 tonnes – on the B4015 from Chiselhampton to the Golden Balls Roundabout in September last year.

But the stretch of road has a limit of 7.5 tonnes and Johnson, 50, was stopped by a patrol officer from Trading Standards.

Johnson, of Kensington Close in Abingdon, admitted contravening the traffic order and was handed the £200 fine at Oxfordshire Magistrates’ Court yesterday, the county council said.

He was also ordered to pay £125 costs and a £20 victims’ surcharge.

The council’s Trading Standards prosecutor Anu Prashar yesterday welcomed the conviction and said drivers should obey road weight limits She said: “Weight limits are there for a reason and this case shows that those flouting restrictions can be caught and fined.

“We routinely have patrols around the county and when we spot drivers who are breaking weight limits we will investigate and bring them to court for prosecution.”

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9:23am Tue 20 May 14

snert says...

A weight limit doesn't prevent a lorry from using a road. It is designed to stop them using it as a driving route. If they have a legitimate drop in an area serviced by a weight limited road, they are still allowed to drive on it. Tell that to the continental drivers that use standard car satnavs set to do the shortest routerather than a spefically designed truck satnav.
A weight limit doesn't prevent a lorry from using a road. It is designed to stop them using it as a driving route. If they have a legitimate drop in an area serviced by a weight limited road, they are still allowed to drive on it. Tell that to the continental drivers that use standard car satnavs set to do the shortest routerather than a spefically designed truck satnav. snert
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2:02pm Tue 20 May 14

icba1957 says...

snert wrote:
A weight limit doesn't prevent a lorry from using a road. It is designed to stop them using it as a driving route. If they have a legitimate drop in an area serviced by a weight limited road, they are still allowed to drive on it. Tell that to the continental drivers that use standard car satnavs set to do the shortest routerather than a spefically designed truck satnav.
But where's the difference between this and breaking a speed limit?

Why was he not given points on his licence?
[quote][p][bold]snert[/bold] wrote: A weight limit doesn't prevent a lorry from using a road. It is designed to stop them using it as a driving route. If they have a legitimate drop in an area serviced by a weight limited road, they are still allowed to drive on it. Tell that to the continental drivers that use standard car satnavs set to do the shortest routerather than a spefically designed truck satnav.[/p][/quote]But where's the difference between this and breaking a speed limit? Why was he not given points on his licence? icba1957
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8:20pm Tue 20 May 14

oldabman says...

Well I drive a 44 ton artic & stay away from weight limits as well as width & length restrictions when I have advanced warnings of them. I am not familiar with the road concerned, but after driving across of the whole of the UK for over 30 years there are some weight limits as well as restrictions that give little or no advanced warning until you are on top of them which can leave very little time or room to get yourself out of a bad situation. It's all very well fining drivers but lets have some more information out there, Signs & a bit more paint on the road always help. with perhaps alternate routes shown on information boards in laybys as they are in other parts of the country. I know this is about one road but I just see bad signage all the time. I'm not having a go at any one in particular but just in general.
Well I drive a 44 ton artic & stay away from weight limits as well as width & length restrictions when I have advanced warnings of them. I am not familiar with the road concerned, but after driving across of the whole of the UK for over 30 years there are some weight limits as well as restrictions that give little or no advanced warning until you are on top of them which can leave very little time or room to get yourself out of a bad situation. It's all very well fining drivers but lets have some more information out there, Signs & a bit more paint on the road always help. with perhaps alternate routes shown on information boards in laybys as they are in other parts of the country. I know this is about one road but I just see bad signage all the time. I'm not having a go at any one in particular but just in general. oldabman
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10:22am Wed 21 May 14

semi-detached layby says...

oldabman wrote:
Well I drive a 44 ton artic & stay away from weight limits as well as width & length restrictions when I have advanced warnings of them. I am not familiar with the road concerned, but after driving across of the whole of the UK for over 30 years there are some weight limits as well as restrictions that give little or no advanced warning until you are on top of them which can leave very little time or room to get yourself out of a bad situation. It's all very well fining drivers but lets have some more information out there, Signs & a bit more paint on the road always help. with perhaps alternate routes shown on information boards in laybys as they are in other parts of the country. I know this is about one road but I just see bad signage all the time. I'm not having a go at any one in particular but just in general.
I sympathise with your problem. At the same time I wonder how a fine of a mere £200 is going to affect the behaviour of many of the irresponsible drivers who deliberately run the gauntlet of weight restriction. If they get caught one time in fifty, think how much they can save by flouting the law when saving time and mileage while carrying a cargo worth maybe £10,000 or more. The fine is much too small. The penalty on the licence is nonexistent. Not good enough.
[quote][p][bold]oldabman[/bold] wrote: Well I drive a 44 ton artic & stay away from weight limits as well as width & length restrictions when I have advanced warnings of them. I am not familiar with the road concerned, but after driving across of the whole of the UK for over 30 years there are some weight limits as well as restrictions that give little or no advanced warning until you are on top of them which can leave very little time or room to get yourself out of a bad situation. It's all very well fining drivers but lets have some more information out there, Signs & a bit more paint on the road always help. with perhaps alternate routes shown on information boards in laybys as they are in other parts of the country. I know this is about one road but I just see bad signage all the time. I'm not having a go at any one in particular but just in general.[/p][/quote]I sympathise with your problem. At the same time I wonder how a fine of a mere £200 is going to affect the behaviour of many of the irresponsible drivers who deliberately run the gauntlet of weight restriction. If they get caught one time in fifty, think how much they can save by flouting the law when saving time and mileage while carrying a cargo worth maybe £10,000 or more. The fine is much too small. The penalty on the licence is nonexistent. Not good enough. semi-detached layby
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9:58pm Wed 21 May 14

riman09 says...

I have seen drivers of HGVs who will attempt to squeeze down roads clearly not designed for such vehicles.

I sometimes wish I was a cop, just so I can penalise these selfish drivers. I hate most the blatant disregard to other road users, seen in these rogue drivers bearing down the road as if all is well!

Why not at least slow down?
I have seen drivers of HGVs who will attempt to squeeze down roads clearly not designed for such vehicles. I sometimes wish I was a cop, just so I can penalise these selfish drivers. I hate most the blatant disregard to other road users, seen in these rogue drivers bearing down the road as if all is well! Why not at least slow down? riman09
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