Fine for lorry drivers who ignored HGV ban
Three lorry drivers have been prosecuted and fined hundreds of pounds each after they admitted breaching road restrictions in place to protect primary school pupils. All three were seen ignoring a traffic regulation order, made by North Yorkshire County Council, which prohibits vehicles with a maximum gross weight of more than 7.5 tonnes from using Highfield Road in Malton at certain times of day, to help to safeguard children and adults or carers travelling to or from primary schools in the vicinity. That means heavier vehicles should not use the road between 8.30am and 9am or between 2.45pm and 3.45pm.
The experimental HGV ban was introduced in October 2020 following restrictions of lorries using the level crossing in Norton. However, a hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court was told on Thursday, May 5, that North Yorkshire trading standards officers conducted monitoring exercises during September last year and witnessed three heavy goods vehicles using the road during the restricted afternoon period. David Thomas Ewbank, of Meadowfield, Bedale, whose vehicle had a maximum gross weight of 32 tonnes, was fined GBP548 and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.
Martin Wood, of High Street, Gilling West, Richmond, whose vehicle had a maximum gross weight of 44 tonnes, was fined GBP530 and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge. Ashton Ogden, of Twin Pike Way, Wigginton, York, whose vehicle had a maximum gross weight of 44 tonnes, was fined GBP699 and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge. Jo Boutflower, Head of Business and Consumer Services at the County Council, said: “The restrictions are well signposted and we would ask HGV drivers to respect the weight limit during those very limited school travel times in order to keep our residents, and particularly young children, safe.
“The fines imposed by the court show how seriously the magistrates view these breaches.”
Drivers or route planners who need assistance to avoid traffic restrictions in the county can seek advice by phoning 01609 780780.