Police issue warning to HGV drivers flouting diversions

This Is Wiltshire: Police issue warning to HGV drivers flouting diversions Police issue warning to HGV drivers flouting diversions

HGV drivers using shortcuts on country lanes in villages around Warminster could face prosecution for not following designated diversion routes during the closure of the A303.

The Highways Agency closed part of the A303 for five weeks on February 15 and started work to repair, widen and strengthen the road.

Some HGV drivers have been ignoring clear weight restriction signs and using minor roads to avoid the diversion route.

Wiltshire Council has already had to close a stretch of a minor road running from Monkton Deverill to Pertwood to prevent further serious damage to its verges.

Inspector Dave Minty, of Warminster and Westbury police, has warned HGV drivers that they will be prosecuted if caught going down minor roads with weight restrictions.

He said: “A number of people are using the Deverill Road as a cut through in particularly HGV articulated lorries.

“There is a seven and a half tonne limit in place but this seems to be ignored.

“Our road policing unit at headquarters are looking into this as a priority.

“It’s completely unacceptable for HGVs to go down there. They are causing damage to the verges and creating traffic when the are on either side of the road.

“We are treating this matter extremely seriously and neighbourhood policing teams will also be on patrol.”

Inspector Nick Elton, operations manager for the Wiltshire Police road policing unit, said officers in marked and unmarked cars would be patrolling the area and taking enforcement action against any drivers breaking the law.

Cllr Dick Tonge, cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said the Highways Agency would have to pay for any repairs to verges damaged during the roadworks and said they council would continue to press the Government to take action on Satnavs, which are directing heay vehicles along inappropriate roads.

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1:20pm Tue 2 Mar 10

onthesofa says...

Satnavs have also been known to lead car drivers to cliff tops,surely they dont trust them that much and anyway the signs of diversion are there to be read,which is ok i suppose for the lorry drivers who can read.many just choose to be ignorant and ignore them which could end up in a serious accident.
Satnavs have also been known to lead car drivers to cliff tops,surely they dont trust them that much and anyway the signs of diversion are there to be read,which is ok i suppose for the lorry drivers who can read.many just choose to be ignorant and ignore them which could end up in a serious accident. onthesofa

6:50pm Tue 2 Mar 10

supertramp says...

"Inspector Dave Minty, of Warminster and Westbury police, has warned HGV drivers that they will be prosecuted if caught going down minor roads with weight restrictions"

You are having a laugh!!!! Is this like prosecuting all those that abuse the 3 ton weight limit on the bridge at the Ham in Westbury. In the space of 5min today 3 juggernauts came over. And then there are all the vehicles still going through the Bus Gate in Slag Lane.
"Inspector Dave Minty, of Warminster and Westbury police, has warned HGV drivers that they will be prosecuted if caught going down minor roads with weight restrictions" You are having a laugh!!!! Is this like prosecuting all those that abuse the 3 ton weight limit on the bridge at the Ham in Westbury. In the space of 5min today 3 juggernauts came over. And then there are all the vehicles still going through the Bus Gate in Slag Lane. supertramp

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