Company fined after overweight lorry uses historic bridge

16 May 2014

A food wholesale company has been fined after its lorry broke weight restrictions while using a historic Derbyshire bridge.

Our trading standards team prosecuted Teatime Tasties Limited, of Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, for breaking the weight restrictions at Swarkestone Causeway, near Derby.

The bridge is a scheduled ancient monument and is covered by a 7.5-tonne weight restriction to protect it from damage under the Derbyshire County Council (Swarkestone Causeway) (Weight Restriction) Order 2004.

Trading standards officers were carrying out spot checks on the bridge in January when they saw the vehicle crossing the bridge. Checks revealed the lorry had a maximum gross weight of 17.8 tonnes − more than double the legal limit.

Derby Magistrates Court yesterday (15 May) fined Teatime Tasties Limited £265 after it admitted the charge. The company was also ordered to pay court costs of £115.

Our trading standards officers regularly monitor the area in response to complaints from residents and historical groups concerned about the structure of the bridge and it being used as a short cut by heavy vehicles.

Councillor Ellie Wilcox, our Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said:

The weight restriction orders on Derbyshire roads are in place for good reasons, to improve safety for residents, pedestrians and other road users and, in this case, to protect a local heritage site. I hope other lorry drivers will think twice about breaking the law in the future."

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