Police crackdown on HGV's in Stamford
Police in Stamford have launched a crackdown on HGVs today.
The four-hour operation saw four officers stop seven trucks in total from entering the town – four at the town bridge and three in Sydney Farm Lane.
The action resulted in three of the trucks being issued with fines.
Inspector Ian Martin from Lincolnshire Police said: "Today is a balance between enforcement and education, it is about stopping drivers and having a conversation with them.
"The biggest driver behind this is road safety. The roads in Stamford are very narrow and the consequences of HGV's driving over the town bridge don't bear thinking about.
"There really is no excuse – there are clear sings on the A1 explaining the weight limit through the town, and there a number of reminders into the town.
"What was interesting to see was that with some of the vehicles stopped, while they could have been over the weight limit when fully laden, on this occasion they were under the weight limit because of not having a load, and so they were allowed to proceed.
"I hope that by having action such as this the message will start to spread that it is not suitable to be driving HGVs through Stamford, and it will over time improve the road safety within the area."
Stamford Town councillor Steve Carroll was on hand to witness the operation firsthand and praised the move.
He said: "This is something which needs to be done. Stamford's streets aren't built to take such large vehicles and it is good to see police taking positive action to crack down on this."
Police have confirmed the operation was the beginning of a planned series of operations and that they were 'looking at building the weight limit enforcement into their day-to-day activities'.