Trucker who broke Swarkestone Bridge weight limit called ‘simpering simpleton’ by fellow driver

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A trucker has blasted the smirking lorry driver who was caught on camera flouting the Swarkestone Bridge weight limit as a “simpering simpleton” – but said the county council should put up CCTV to stop the problem. He said the red-handed driver grinned “like a child celebrating his ninth birthday” and in doing so had damaged the reputation of drivers across the country. But the blogger, who writes under the anonymous title of Secret Trucker, said Derbyshire County Council should be putting up CCTV to catch the 40 drivers who break the bridge’s weight rules every day.


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Writing on secret-trucker.weebly.com[3] the eloquent driver slammed the Buffaload Logistics and Facilities trucker who we exposed on Wednesday.

He said: “Grinning like a child celebrating his ninth birthday in the company of his parents, he was caught on camera by a passing motorist who sent the images to the Derby Telegraph. “The simpering simpleton may be considered unlucky in being singled out but the problem with getting caught going over the 800-year-old grade-one-listed bridge is that the PR damage is done.”


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But the Secret Trucker said he believed a large chunk of the blame for the continuing problem of drivers flouting the weight restrictions falls on the council. He said: “Perhaps the county council might want to put a few quid aside for a video surveillance system on Swarkestone Bridge – at 40 a day it could pay off handsomely.

“But while Derbyshire’s road traffic police are too busy chasing BMWs up and down the M1 to have time to police a weight restriction, the emphasis lies with another ineffective body in the shape of Derbyshire County Council.” Despite admitting that some drivers create a rod for their own back by breaking restrictions, the Secret Trucker moaned that the general public have a chip on their shoulder about lorry drivers.

He said: “Make a mistake once, you’re forgiven. Make it 40 times a day, you’re vilified and it merely rubberstamps any lingering doubts in the mind of anyone that truckers don’t give a monkeys. “Lorry drivers are constantly monitored by social media and camera phones so any mistake or violation can be ruthlessly exploited, as one found out this week.”

He did, however, recall one instance in which he felt he personally was unfairly picked on for being a lorry driver.


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He said: “Once, backed onto a loading bay reachable only via the supermarket’s car park, Mr and Mrs Elderly parked their Volvo estate across the front of my truck and toddled off to do a bit of shopping. “Despite several announcements over the public address system in the supermarket it took them more than an hour to return. “Beyond angry, when I asked why it took them so long to return they ignored me, so I asked again.

This time Mr Elderly turned, slowly raised his walking stick, and said, ‘That’s for holding me up…on the A5!'”

A spokeswoman for Buffaload Logistics and Facilities said the driver who was caught on camera breaking the Swarkestone Bridge weight restrictions would be “dealt with accordingly”.


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References

  1. ^ Comments (1) (www.derbytelegraph.co.uk)
  2. ^ Lorry driver caught on camera flouting weight restriction on Swarkestone Bridge (www.derbytelegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ secret-trucker.weebly.com (secret-trucker.weebly.com)
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