Villages lead way in HGV crackdown

A TRAILBAZING scheme aimed at putting the brakes on heavy lorries illegally rumbling through the picturesque villages of Papplewick and Linby has made a big impact.

The first Nottinghamshire ‘Lorry Watch’, which was launched in the villages two years ago, has resulted in a 40% reduction in the number of heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs) using weight-restricted roads.

Most of the roads in Papplewick and Linby have a seven-and-a-half-tonne maximum limit.

The idea behind ’Lorry Watch’ is that residents volunteer to be part of the scheme and make a note of any vehicles that flout the law.

Details are then passed on to trading standards officers at Notts County Council who send out warning letters.

Continued infringements can result in fines of up to £1,000.

Coun Mick Murphy (Con), of Hucknall, who is the county council’s Cabinet member for community safety, said:

“Community ‘Lorry Watch’ schemes adopt a partnership approach between the county council, parish councils and local residents, who act as our eyes and ears on the street.

“The weight restrictions on the county’s roads are in place for very good reasons.

“Many of the roads are narrow and totally unsuitable for vehicles of that size. Big lorries squeezing along narrow roads can be very intimidating — not to mention dangerous — for pedestrians and other motorists.”

The initiative in Papplewick and Linby is now being used as a blueprint for similar schemes in other villages throughout Nottinghamshire.

The ‘Lorry Watches’ are also backed by the Vehicle Operating Services Agency (VOSA).