Lorry driver fined for travelling across Evenlode bridge
A case brought by Oxfordshire County Council has led to a Gloucester lorry driver being fined £405 for ignoring the weight limit on the weak river bridge.
A Trading Standards enforcement officer spotted Alan Moss, 55, driving his 18-tonne lorry past the 7.5-tonne weak bridge weight restriction at Forest Road, Charlbury on 8 May 2014. Moss, of Sapphire Close, Tuffley, admitted the offence.
Richard Wightman, Environmental Protection Unit Team Leader for Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards team, said: "Weight restrictions are there for very good reasons either to protect bridges that have become structurally weakened or because the use of particular roads by heavy goods vehicles is not suitable. It may be tempting for drivers to ignore such regulations for a short-cut, but by doing so they are potentially putting other road users or roads and bridges at risk.
Most of central Charlbury, as well as the river bridge, is subject to a 7.5-tonne limit. You can report infringements on the Oxfordshire County Council website.