Westbury to get tough with large lorries

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Plans are afoot to launch a lorry watch scheme for Westbury, after to concerns about heavy traffic crossing the Station Road bridge.

Wiltshire councillor David Jenkins is appealing for volunteers to start the project.

Cllr Jenkins, who represents Westbury North on Wiltshire Council, said signposts clearly stated there was a 7.5 tonne weight restriction on the bridge, but heavy goods vehicles have ignored it.

He is now hoping to get about 20 volunteers to help replicate the success of the Bradford on Avon Lorry Watch group, which has contributed to about 30 prosecutions since setting up in 2011.

Once the scheme is running, any lorries breaking the limit would receive a warning letter from Trading Standards after a first crossing, but face prosecution for a second one.

Cllr Jenkins said: “It’s something that has built up over quite a while. I have continuously seen vehicles over the mandatory weight limit going over the bridge in both directions and it has got a bit ridiculous.

“It has been raised to me by several residents. So we conducted a survey that confirmed there was a problem and I made enquiries about setting up a lorry watch scheme.

“There are several schemes running throughout Wiltshire, including one in Bradford on Avon which has been very successful. It’s a road nuisance and these heavy vehicles are causing congestion and noise pollution.

“We need as many people as possible from the local community to observe the bridge and the vehicles using it.”

Volunteers can be involved on a flexible basis, using some of their available spare timeduring the week. Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Cllr David Jenkins on 01373 823605 or email davidjenkins53@hotmail.com.

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7:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

How can Trading Standards prosecute a traffic offence ?
How can Trading Standards prosecute a traffic offence ? moonrakin wurzel
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8:21pm Thu 30 Jan 14

carer 123 says...

Why show that picture off a prat who tried to drive his car through floods? Thats not even the bridge with the weight limit on it.. be nice to have correct picture with correct story. You might be as well to put up a picture of a donkey ... thats got no connections either
Why show that picture off a prat who tried to drive his car through floods? Thats not even the bridge with the weight limit on it.. be nice to have correct picture with correct story. You might be as well to put up a picture of a donkey ... thats got no connections either carer 123
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11:36am Tue 4 Feb 14

Westburyresident says...

Typical.......let's set up an "action group"! ......of volunteers to lorry spot !!!!........ NO, let's get tough on these lunatics before there is a serious incident. In Health and Safety terms EVERY time one of these lorries drives over that bridge it's a "near miss" and in EVERY other workplace incident when there is a "near miss" something MUST be done immediately. Let's not wait until one drops through the bridge onto a commuter train before we do something. Remember the last time one hit the bridge at the bottom of the hill by the railway inn ? The cost was astronomical as the bridge experts had to be called out before any further trains could run......and what happened to the driver ? NOTHING as he claimed he didn't understand the road signs as he was from overseas.

One of the main issues here is overseas drivers, who claim they do not understand the road signs ! They also know they probably won't be fined as they don't hold a UK driving license and the UK is not going to chase them down for a traffic offence.

I have seen numerous heavy lorries cross that bridge with the vast majoring being overseas drivers. They completely ignore all of the road signs and only normally slow down or try to turn back when they see the railway bridge at the bottom if they don't think they will fit under it.....thus turning around, causing traffic mayhem and driving back over the weight limit bridge !

2 simple solutions I believe would possibly solve this issue;

1. Put road signs up in Polish / Russian etc
2. Fine the company they are delivering to or from on the trading estate ! They are ultimately responsible for the load being delivered or collected and should ensure the drivers are briefed correctly.......if they don't......fine the company and see how long the issue continues for !
Typical.......let's set up an "action group"! ......of volunteers to lorry spot !!!!........ NO, let's get tough on these lunatics before there is a serious incident. In Health and Safety terms EVERY time one of these lorries drives over that bridge it's a "near miss" and in EVERY other workplace incident when there is a "near miss" something MUST be done immediately. Let's not wait until one drops through the bridge onto a commuter train before we do something. Remember the last time one hit the bridge at the bottom of the hill by the railway inn ? The cost was astronomical as the bridge experts had to be called out before any further trains could run......and what happened to the driver ? NOTHING as he claimed he didn't understand the road signs as he was from overseas. One of the main issues here is overseas drivers, who claim they do not understand the road signs ! They also know they probably won't be fined as they don't hold a UK driving license and the UK is not going to chase them down for a traffic offence. I have seen numerous heavy lorries cross that bridge with the vast majoring being overseas drivers. They completely ignore all of the road signs and only normally slow down or try to turn back when they see the railway bridge at the bottom if they don't think they will fit under it.....thus turning around, causing traffic mayhem and driving back over the weight limit bridge ! 2 simple solutions I believe would possibly solve this issue; 1. Put road signs up in Polish / Russian etc 2. Fine the company they are delivering to or from on the trading estate ! They are ultimately responsible for the load being delivered or collected and should ensure the drivers are briefed correctly.......if they don't......fine the company and see how long the issue continues for ! Westburyresident
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4:27pm Tue 4 Feb 14

norville says...

Westburyresident, what a stupid suggestion that the Companies being delivered too are responsible for a foreign lorry driver dismissing the road signs.
I own a Company on one of the estates and have around 20 deliveries a day, and have no idea who is delivering or driving until the vehicle arrives, how do you think I am able to influence the route the drivers take.
Why don't you volunteer to stand at the bridge with your hi viz jacket and your clipboard to police it rather than come up with ridiculous ideas like that.
Westburyresident, what a stupid suggestion that the Companies being delivered too are responsible for a foreign lorry driver dismissing the road signs. I own a Company on one of the estates and have around 20 deliveries a day, and have no idea who is delivering or driving until the vehicle arrives, how do you think I am able to influence the route the drivers take. Why don't you volunteer to stand at the bridge with your hi viz jacket and your clipboard to police it rather than come up with ridiculous ideas like that. norville
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12:43pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Westburyresident says...

Norville, thank you for your comments, and suggestion I police the bridge in my hi viz!

If you own a company on the industrial estate that takes deliveries from these drivers then can I suggest therefore YOU are a part of this problem......Maybe you should spend less time on the internet making wise cracks, take some "man up pills", and realise this is partly YOUR problem.

When I mentioned fining the company, I notice you defend yourself saying "how can I influence a drivers route"....... If you were fined every time one of your delivery drivers drove over the bridge I wonder how long it would take you to come up with a solution ??

Rather than sit on your laurels and suggest others don their hi viz........why don't YOU who are part of this problem get your head round a solution to YOUR drivers instead of sitting on the profits saying "it's not my problem"!!!!......it is YOUR PROBLEM..........The military have a saying......"don't give me problems, give me solutions"......mayb
e you should listen to this advice too.

So maybe you should spend some of your profits ( I assume your making profits as you don't appear to be using UK based drivers!!!!!) on hi viz jackets for some of your staff to volunteer, or at least dip your hand in your pocket to sponsor these volunteers????.?.?

I didnt notice you make any suggestions on how to improve it, or offer to help fund this ........you've admitted they deliver to YOUR company, they take away from YOUR company.........so why don't YOUR company and YOU put some money where your mouth is and help solve the problem, or is that too much to ask!?!?!?!?!

We look forward to your next witty comments, and please feel free to be as sarcastic as you like.......but please don't bother if your going to conveniently forget to mention how you intend to help fund this problem
Norville, thank you for your comments, and suggestion I police the bridge in my hi viz! If you own a company on the industrial estate that takes deliveries from these drivers then can I suggest therefore YOU are a part of this problem......Maybe you should spend less time on the internet making wise cracks, take some "man up pills", and realise this is partly YOUR problem. When I mentioned fining the company, I notice you defend yourself saying "how can I influence a drivers route"....... If you were fined every time one of your delivery drivers drove over the bridge I wonder how long it would take you to come up with a solution ?? Rather than sit on your laurels and suggest others don their hi viz........why don't YOU who are part of this problem get your head round a solution to YOUR drivers instead of sitting on the profits saying "it's not my problem"!!!!......it is YOUR PROBLEM..........The military have a saying......"don't give me problems, give me solutions"......mayb e you should listen to this advice too. So maybe you should spend some of your profits ( I assume your making profits as you don't appear to be using UK based drivers!!!!!) on hi viz jackets for some of your staff to volunteer, or at least dip your hand in your pocket to sponsor these volunteers????.?.? I didnt notice you make any suggestions on how to improve it, or offer to help fund this ........you've admitted they deliver to YOUR company, they take away from YOUR company.........so why don't YOUR company and YOU put some money where your mouth is and help solve the problem, or is that too much to ask!?!?!?!?! We look forward to your next witty comments, and please feel free to be as sarcastic as you like.......but please don't bother if your going to conveniently forget to mention how you intend to help fund this problem Westburyresident
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