Join our Lorry Watch Scheme
August 27, 2013 Leave a comment
Suffolk County Council’s Trading Standards department operates a ‘Lorry watch’ scheme to help those parishes that feel local HGV Weight restriction Traffic Orders are being abused and are being overlooked by enforcement agencies.
Weight Restriction Orders are intended to protect old or weak bridges and structures, but they also can prohibit heavy vehicles from areas unsuitable for their size, for environmental reasons or if they pose a danger (e.g. narrow village roads).
Trading Standards is one of the agencies given the task of enforcing these weight restriction orders. Part of the county-wide remit of Suffolk Trading Standards is to carry out Road Traffic enforcement; this includes ensuring that weight restrictions are adhered to.
Lorry Watch is an initiative set up in Suffolk, which empowers residents to prevent goods vehicles from breaching weight restrictions in their community, by reporting potential illegal access via a set up system. This system will be explained to interested parties and training for Observers and Co-ordinators will have to take place.
Lorry Watch is intended to prevent environmental damage to some of Suffolk’s most sensitive settlements and to empower residents to help prevent damage to their communities themselves.
How does it work?
- Local trained observers note details of vehicles that may be misusing a route.
- Details are then handed to the parish or town co-ordinator for administration and checking.
- Co-ordinator will then sends this information to Suffolk Trading Standards
- Suffolk Trading Standards will then obtain the correct weight of a vehicle to ensure no identification mistakes have been made.
- Details of the registered keeper will be obtained and a letter will be sent to them to establish the details of the driver. The driver will then be sent a letter.
- Suffolk Trading Standards will then make a decision as to what action is necessary
How much does it cost to join?
Nothing, membership is free, we supply all the paperwork.
Who can be an observer?
Anyone that is over 18 can be an observer.
How long are observers expected to send at the roadside?
It is up to the individual, you could spot a lorry while walking the dog or going to the local shop. The observers aren’t expected to spend hours sat at the roadside, Observations are frequently made from within the home.
What training do observers get?
Observers will receive around an hours training, to help you understand the difference in types of Heavy Commercial vehicles
How to get involved?
Contact Peter Canfer at Suffolk Trading Standards on 01473 264859 or e mail Peter.Canfer@suffolk.gov.uk
We have Lorry Watch Schemes in the following areas:
- Claydon & Whitton
- Great Waldingfield, Sudbury
If you live within these areas and would like to help do not hesitate to contact Suffolk Trading Standards for assistance and the name of your local Co-ordinator.