Heavy lorries flouting ban

PUBLISHED: 13:19 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

Sunderland Road where the ban is in place   AM08lorries1

Sunderland Road where the ban is in place AM08lorries1

POLICE are being asked to bring a halt to heavy lorries illegally using a town s road. The plea has come from Sandy Town Council after a survey of lorries using Sunderland Road that links a major industrial estate with the A1 and also going close to the t

POLICE are being asked to bring a halt to heavy lorries illegally using a town's road.

The plea has come from Sandy Town Council after a survey of lorries using Sunderland Road that links a major industrial estate with the A1 and also going close to the town centre.

Goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes have been banned from using the road since 1999 and there has always been plenty of signage warning drivers they are prohibited from using the road if they exceed the weight limit.

Now following a survey and complaints to the council, Sandy Town Council has written to the police to ask them to help keep the roads safer and to take measures to keep the overweight lorries out.

A statement from the council said this week: "There has been no access to Sunderland Road for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes from Sandy town centre for a number of years.

"Recently, it appears that a large number of vehicles are flouting the law and using this access on a regular basis.

"This includes vehicles belonging to companies situated in Sunderland Road whose drivers should be aware of the ban.

"The town council is writing to the police about this matter and investigating whether any physical means can be used to prevent these vehicles using the access.

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