Seven firms netted by Bradford Lorry Watch group
Bradford on Avon’s Lorry Watch scheme has resulted in seven prosecutions at Swindon Magistrates Court.
The voluntary Lorry Watch group was set up in October 2011 and volunteers take shifts to tally vehicles that exceed the town’s 18-tonne weight limit.
And last week, seven firms were fined for not observing the weight restriction.
John Miller Ltd from Dumfries, John Hackling Transport Ltd from Gloucestershire, Arnold Laver & Co Ltd from Sheffield and Hickman Industries Ltd from Wolverhampton, were all fined £700 and ordered to pay £75 costs and £70 victim surcharges.
Runtech Ltd form West Glamorgan, was fined £1,400 for two offences and ordered to pay £75 costs and a £70 victim surcharge and Wheeler and Son Ltd from Somerset, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £75 and £100 victim surcharge.
Driver Patrick Hobbs from Hampshire was also fined £105 and ordered to pay £75 costs and £20 victim surcharge.
Lorry Watch co-ordinator Stephanie Ridout said: “The success of Lorry Watch depends entirely on the staunch group of supporters that over the last, almost, two years have constantly reported lorries crossing the bridge.
“We have had such successful prosecutions over the last few months, which have only been possible with their support. We have a blitz approaching next month when we will be on duty all day every day, as we did earlier this year.
“Considering the amount of lorries that cross and get the first warning, I think it’s amazing that so few have crossed a second time, which shows the success of the scheme. We have now totalled 27 prosecutions. The scheme will continue as planned.”
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