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Maxi Haulage says weight limit fine is harsh but fair

  • 03 July 2013
  • By Chris Tindall

A haulier prosecuted for breaching a weight limit in Wiltshire has described the £625 fine as “a high penalty” for a driver making a mistake.

However, Alan Miles, MD at Maxi Haulage in Irvine, also admitted that “the law is the law” and receiving a fine for driving an LGV over Bradford-on-Avon’s town bridge was fair.

Miles said he did not want to comment specifically on the incident that led to the company appearing at Chippenham Magistrates last month, but issues arising out of it included over-reliance on sat navs and the use of agency drivers.

“Speaking in generalisations, the sign posting could be improved, with a warning before you get into the zone,” he added.

“Various trade bodies, such as the Road Haulage Association and Freight Transport Association, could maybe compile listings so that everyone is aware. A lot of haulage companies don’t talk to haulage companies; by definition you don’t hear everything that’s going on and you are relying on publications such as [Commercial Motor] to pick up on that sort of data.”

Maxi Haulage is the latest to fall foul of Wiltshire council’s hardline approach towards companies flouting the bridge’s 7.5-tonne weight limit.

Portable office distributor Elliott Group also appeared in court on the same day for the same offence and was ordered to pay fines and costs of £350.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/maxi-haulage-says-weight-limit-fine