More than 70 vehicles were checked during a day of traffic enforcement on a busy village road.
Six police officers, one PCSO and two officers from HM Revenue and Customs spent several hours alongside Main Road in Wilby after calls from residents for a crackdown on HGVs weighing more than 7.5 tonnes flouting the road’s weight limit through the village.
Officers reported 16 HGV drivers breaking the weight limit and also managed to speak to drivers about numerous other offences, including speeding and driving while using a mobile phone.
PC Peter Littleton said: “We had so many complaints from the local villagers and the parish council, particularly with the lorries, that we have combined this with doing a total traffic operation so we are dealing with all manner of vehicle enforcement. We have had a lot of good feedback today, they said how pleased they are to see us targeting the lorries.”
PC Littleton said they dealt with 78 vehicles on Tuesday, and added: “It’s been very productive and very effective.”
It included 44 fuel tanks being checked by HMRC for use of red diesel, with one vehicle’s fuel being subject to further analysis.
PC Littleton said: “We are getting out to tackle traffic-related issues and we are enforcing traffic rules which hopefully will make people think about whether they have the right documentation, their vehicle is roadworthy and they are driving on the roads they are supposed to be on.
“But one of the key issues is dealing with overweight lorries, not just in Wilby but other similar 7.5 tonne areas.”
Police checked 78 vehicles
Issues reported included 16 HGV drivers exceeding the weight limit, two drivers using mobile phones, one driver for no MOT, five drivers warned about exceeding the speed limit, seven drivers warned about lighting offences and one issued with a warning for careless driving