HGV drivers ignoring Wilby weight limit

Lorries are flouting the weight limit through Wilby
Lorries are flouting the weight limit through Wilby

Dozens of companies have been contacted by police about flouting the weight limit through a village.

Despite signs warning of the 7.5 tonne weight limit in Main Road, Wilby, which residents campaigned for nearly 30 years ago, lorry drivers keep ignoring it.

Police have been carrying out spot checks and contacted about 100 firms this year after registration details were passed to them, but the road is still being used as a shortcut.

In a bid to tackle the issue, which police believe is made worse by sat navs, it will be a priority for the local policing team for three months from November.

PC Peter Littleton, rural beat manager for Wellingborough Rural SCT, said: “It’s something that’s not going away and if we can get it out there that it’s something we are tackling and enforcing, hopefully that message will get out to some people.”

They are looking to launch a Lorry Watch scheme in Wilby and Mears Ashby, which also has a weight limit, where people can report vehicles online.

Wilby Parish Council chairman Peter Warwick said: “It affects everyone in the whole village. 50 or 60 heavy goods vehicles go through Wilby every day. It shakes all the houses. They are big beasts and they come through all day and all through the night.”

Stephen Borrett, parish council vice-chairman, said: “A lot of the problems have been lorries coming to and from the industrial estate in Earls Barton but they are by no means the only ones.”

Anyone breaking the limit can receive a non-endorsable ticket for £50.