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Lorries on country lanes may soon be a thing of the past if the LGA gets its way

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LORRY drivers may soon be forced to avoid unsuitable country lanes, if the Local Government Association gets its way. Devon County Council has thrown its weight behind the idea as a way of tackling lorry drivers who flout height and weight restrictions. The LGA’s plan is to make commercial model sat navs, which enable a driver to enter the lorry’s dimensions so they are only guided along suitable roads, mandatory.

It is also asking the Government to enable councils to take enforcement action where necessary to stop weight and width restrictions being ignored. In Devon there have been more than a dozen incidents in the past two years involving HGVs which have ended up on unsuitable roads while using their sat navs. This includes a lorry which shed its load of pig flesh at Lower Marlpits Hill in Honiton, in November last year.

In 2012, a lorry became jammed in New Road in Bickleigh, near Plymouth, for more than 24 hours, and a delivery lorry also became wedged on the corner of Cross Street and High Street in Barnstaple[2]. Devon County Council is installing CCTV cameras at Holne New Bridge, near Ashburton, in order to protect the Grade II listed structure, which has been damaged 67 times in the past 18 years.

Devon County Council’s cabinet member for highway management councillor Stuart Hughes said: “I’m pleased that the LGA has raised this issue. “We recognise that it goes beyond being a nuisance for communities and significant damage can be caused, not just to buildings and historic structures such as Holne New Bridge, but also degradation over time of the highway itself. “This includes increased numbers of potholes, verges being destroyed and damaged footways.

“At this point we’re extremely limited in meaningful action that can be taken against companies given the evidence required to pursue a case and signage often seems to be ignored.” He added: “We would also welcome companies helping themselves by making it clear to their hauliers the nature of the local highway network and appropriate routes to follow when accessing their sites.” The Government has handed powers under the Traffic Management Act (2004) to local authorities in Wales, and London, to take action if lorry drivers break the law.

The LGA says councils across the country should be handed the same powers.


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  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ on the corner of Cross Street and High Street in Barnstaple (www.northdevonjournal.co.uk)

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