Birmingham lorry driver fined hundreds

A Birmingham man was among three lorry drivers who have been fined for ignoring the weight limit and driving their heavy goods vehicles over Swarkestone Causeway in South Derbyshire. The ancient bridge has a 7.5-tonne weight limit but is a notorious spot for drivers flouting the restrictions – leading to court action. In the latest cases the truck drivers were dealt with at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court for exceeding the weight limit, reports DerbyshireLive.

Each man was not required to attend court for the hearings. Anthony Hatton, 62, of Alvis Walk, Birmingham, admitted driving a large goods vehicle on the bridge on March 19, while exceeding the weight limit.

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The 62-year-old has been fined GBP400 and ordered to pay GBP115 court costs and a GBP40 victim surcharge. Anthony Young, 49, of Churchill Street, Dover, did not give a plea and his case was it was proved in his absence that he exceeded the weight limt.

He drove his HGV vehicle over the causeway on March 25. He has been fined GBP440 and ordered to pay GBP115 court costs and a GBP44 victim surcharge. Dmitrijs Saveijevs, 54, of Hartington Road, Liverpool, also did not answer the charge and again the case was proved in his absence.

He drove over the Grade I-listed causeway on February 21, while exceeding the wright limit.

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He has been fined GBP220 and ordered to pay GBP115 court costs and a GBP30 victim surcharge.

Swarkestone Causeway is a scheduled ancient monument which is believed to date back to 1204.

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It was down to one lane with temporary traffic lights while repair work was carried out.

Stones from the bridge are often damaged, some ending up in the river below.

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