Specialist operators in the heavy haulage industry are being told to follow the law or face prosecution DVSA has warned today, 13 September 2019.
The warning follows DVSA successfully prosecuting unscrupulous and in some cases reckless heavy haulage operators for using Special Type General Order (STGO) vehicles overloaded well beyond their design weight and with untrained drivers.
Overloading and using the wrong vehicles and trailers to transport abnormal loads presents a real danger to the public and undercuts lawful operators.
DVSA Director of enforcement Marian Kitson said:
“DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe vehicles and drivers.
“Lorries have a maximum load weight for a reason. Operators and drivers are putting the public in serious danger by overloading them.
“Overloaded brakes and tyres don’t work properly, and the results can be catastrophic. That’s why we won’t hesitate in prosecuting those who put people’s lives at risk and undercut responsible operators.”
Where operators have been found not to be complying with the regulations, DVSA will refer cases to the Traffic Commissioners who can take further action, including revoking their licence.
Metcalfe Farms Haulage Ltd.
On 20 June 2019 at Bristol Crown Court Metcalfe Farms Haulage Ltd. of Moor Rd, Leyburn was fined £10,000 for overloading one of its HIAB crane articulated vehicles and not complying with STGO regulations.
Smiths (Gloucester) Ltd.
On 7 May 2019 at Swindon Magistrates’ Court Smiths (Gloucester) Ltd. of Alkerton Court, Eastington, Stonehouse, were fined £40,000 for overloading a vehicle and breaking its design weight, not complying with STGO regulations.
Source: Uk Haulier
DVSA cracks down on dangerous abnormal loads