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Turners (Soham) and Bartrums prosecuted after breaching bridge weight limit

  • 13 March 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

Turners (Soham) and Bartrums Haulage have become the latest companies to be prosecuted for breaching an 18-tonne weight restriction on a bridge in Bradford on Avon.

In total, five firms and two drivers appeared before Swindon Magistrates in February, after local volunteers recorded their details and passed them on to Wiltshire Council.

Turners, which was fined £800 with £100 costs, did not respond. No-one was available to comment at Bartrums, which was ordered to pay a £650 fine and £100 costs.

However, Mark Gibbs, supply chain manager at Countrywide Farmers, which had to pay £1,515 in fines and costs after breaching the limit twice, said: “We take very seriously all incidences involving our drivers and in this instance our driver mistakenly believed that his 18-tonne lorry was legally able to cross the 18-tonne limit bridge.

“This he did twice in quick succession and before the correspondence arrived from the lorry watch volunteers. As soon as we knew this had happened we apologised to the group, did not contest the decision and the driver in question has attended a refresher course.”

He added: “In fact, our whole fleet of drivers has attended this refresher course which in turn now forms part of our industry leading CPC accreditation scheme.”

Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for public protection, Keith Humphries, said: “We hope this action sends out a very clear message to other haulage companies and drivers that we mean business and will take action.”

Previous firms prosecuted by the council include Eddie Stobart and Norbert Dentressangle.


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