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Drivers prosecuted for breaking weight restriction

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Published: 22/03/2012

The cases were brought before North Avon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 14 March by South Gloucestershire Council after trading standards enforcement officers spotted the vehicles breaching the 7.5 tonne weight limit on Station Road last year.

Jamie Elvin, 34, of Airport Road, Bristol pleaded guilty by post to driving his 18 tonne truck along Station Road and was fined £50 and ordered to pay £400 costs.

Anthony Ebbrell, 57, of Vansittart Drive, Exmouth pleaded guilty by post to driving his 44 tonne articulated lorry through the restriction. He was fined £75 and ordered to pay £400 costs.

Michael Garrett, 46, of Harford Street, Chislehurst in Tredegar pleaded guilty by post to driving his 18 tonne truck through the weight restriction and was given a six month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £400 costs.

All three drivers were also ordered to pay an additional £15 victim surcharge. The drivers were caught out on Wednesday 24 August 2011 during a routine weight restriction check carried out by trading standards officers.

Cllr James Hunt, executive member for communities, said: “Lorry drivers will continue to be prosecuted for failing to comply with regulations which prohibit them from using this part of Station Road which is subject to a weight restriction. There are clear advance warning signs in place all round Yate advising drivers of the 7.5 tonne weight restriction so there is no excuse for drivers using this route.”

Stronger, safer, communities manager Mark Pullin, added: “We have liaised with business and trade associations to try and raise awareness and help reduce the problem and will continue to work to ensure compliance. Unfortunately I still continue to receive regular updates that breaches are happening and drivers should remember it is their actions that result in us having to take enforcement action.”

By breaching the restriction, the drivers contravened the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

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