Lorry drivers fined for ignoring weight restrictions in Papplewick and Blidworth

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Lorry drivers tempted to ignore weight restrictions in the Papplewick and Blidworth areas got a stiff warning after two truckers received a combined fine of £160.

Lukasz Norenberg of Audrey Drive, Chaddesden, pleaded to two charges of breaching a 7.5 tonne HGV Environmental Weight Restrictions on Forest Lane, Papplewick, and at Burnstump Hill, Blidworth, on 14th March this year.

He was fined £60 and ordered to pay £100 costs.

Neil White of Spinney Hill Drive, Loughborough, admitted one charge of breaching the same weight restriction on Forest Lane, Papplewick, on the same day.

He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £100 costs.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team enforces environmental weight restrictions in the county and has been working with residents in Papplewick and Blidworth on a ‘community lorry watch’ scheme.

This sees them taking to their streets to record details of vehicles travelling through their village that they believe to be over the legal weight limit.

Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, chairman of the county council’s community safety committee, said: “Unfortunately, careless lorry drivers cut through these restricted roads to save time but they need to mindful that they are endangering other road users.

“Local communities involved in our lorry watch schemes are eyes and eyes and help us to target areas where there is a persistent problem that we need to clamp down on.

“These roads are often narrow and unsuitable for large vehicles and both drivers had no legitimate reason for using these roads.”

Anyone wishing to report seeing a lorry break weight restrictions, anywhere in the county, can do so at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/traffic-and-travel/lorry-watch