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Lorry Watch

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT HEAVY VEHICLES  DRIVING THROUGH PAULTON?

 

The main roads through Paulton have, for some time now, been subject to a 7.5 ton weight limit. However residents still regularly witness lorry drivers ignoring this limit and driving straight through the village en route to Norton Radstock, Bristol or Bath and places afar. 

Heavy vehicles can cause: 

  • Damage to underground pipelines
  • Damage to buildings 
  • Injury to pedestrians 
  • Obstructions to other traffic 
  • Both air and noise pollution

 

All of this can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local residents.  Breach of the weight limit is an offence which can carry a fine of up to £1000.  

 

It is difficult for the police to enforce the weight restriction on a regular basis as it would involve officers, who have many other duties, spending hours just waiting for offenders to appear. The police are however keen to work in partnership with residents by setting up a Lorrywatch to try and reduce this heavy traffic. 

 

Residents have the best opportunity to identify offenders and if these are reported to the police they will trace them and send a warning letter. Repeat offenders will be subject to investigation and where evidence supports it they could be prosecuted through the courts.  

Volunteers are needed if this is to work. It does not involve much effort or time. All you need to do is a make a note of suspected offenders when you spot them. Then pass details to a local coordinator who will collate the information and send the list to the police. So simple!

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO MAKE PAULTON A SAFER PLACE TO LIVE & WORK

 

If you think you could help or would like to know more please let us know on:

  01761 418153  or email: trafficinpaulton@btinternet.com

 

Issued by Paulton Community Plan Traffic Working Group

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