Driver blamed his own body weight for pick-up truck overloaded with scaffolding

A trucker blamed his own body weight, when his scaffolding load was 61 per cent heavier than it should have been. Robert Salisbury, 34, also said his tools, the rain and the fact he had two passengers may also have been responsible for the high figure, North East Wales Magistrates Court in Mold heard. Salisbury, of Ash Lane, Mancot, pleaded guilty to using a vehicle on a road with a load which exceeded the maximum permitted weight.

: A child abductor, a deadly driver and the knife thugs locked up in North Wales in August He also admitted using a vehicle when its load of scaffolding posed a danger of injury. Prosecutor Alun Williams said an Isuzu truck carrying scaffolding had been on the A494 at Aston Hill in Queensferry on March 16 this year.

He said a police officer suspected it “appeared low on the road” and pulled over the driver. The court heard the vehicle was taken to a weighbridge. It weighed 5,660 kgs when the maximum weight was 3,500 kgs so was 61 per cent overloaded.

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For more information about how to subscribe click here. If you have a Facebook account, you can join our private North Wales Court Reports Facebook group to read the latest court cases.  The extent of the overload meant it was in a dangerous condition, added the prosecutor.

Salisbury, defending himself, said he normally drives seven and a half tonne wagons and wasn’t used to using a pick up vehicles. He added: “I can only apologise. I was only doing what my boss asked me.”

And on the high weight reading, he said: “I’m not a small person myself, there were two other passengers, tools… I’m not sure if it had been raining the night before.” Salisbury also pointed out that the scaffolding load was properly secured with straps and netted down.

He is now on Universal Credit. Chairman of the bench Anne Ryan said: “It was very overladen but you were not to know that in some ways.” She fined Salisbury GBP120 and his driving licence was endorsed with three penalty points.

He must also pay GBP110 towards prosecution costs and a GBP32 surcharge.