Overweight vehicles crackdown

ENFORCEMENT checks on overweight vehicles using the A14 are to be carried out by police.

Officers will be carrying our checks following a number of cases where heavy good vehicles have used the road without making the necessary notifications.

Insp Chris Skepper said: “The use of overweight vehicles illegally on the A14 can damage the road surface and are potentially a danger to other road users.

“Those not abiding by the legislation around weight restrictions would be likely to result in more serious consequences if involved in a collision.

“The legislation exists for a reason and it is vital the drivers and firms adhere to it.

“Furthermore not only the weight of the vehicle and load but also its dimensions may be such that conditions may also be required to direct on an alternative route and/or the time and date to ensure the safest journey possible.”

Any driver using a vehicle weighing more than 44 tonnes must notify the Highways Agency for them to issue the appropriate paperwork and decide if an alternative route is needed or conditions need to be placed on the driver.

Any driver using a vehicle weighing more than 80 tonnes must also notify police.

There are other conditions that require notifications but those above are the ones of concern at this time.

Police will work with the Highways Agency, VOSA and Trading Standards as part of the crackdown.