The Parish Council has been advised by our County Councillor, Dr Pete Sudbury, that on 20th July, officers from Trading Standards took part in joint enforcement work with Thames Valley Police’s Roads Policing Team, targetting the illegal use of the roads through Clifton Hampden and Long Wittenham by HGVs.
In total 12 vehicles over 7.5T MGW were stopped with 4 drivers being issued fixed penalties for using this road as an unlawful shortcut; 6 vehicles were making legitimate deliveries; 1 vehicle was of a class exempt from the weight restriction; and 1 vehicle remains under investigation by Trading Standards. A further 7 HGVs were observed making deliveries to a building site within the restriction and thus not stopped, and 4 more vehicles were stopped but, after checks, were found to be under the maximum permitted weight for the road.
In addition to the fixed penalties for the breaches of the weight restriction, police officers found one driver of an 18 tonne vehicle who did not have a valid driving licence or current CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) and he was issued a further penalty for this offence. His employer will also be reported to the Traffic Commissioner for allowing one of their vehicles to be used by a driver without the necessary certification to do so. One 15 tonne vehicle that was stopped, while not in breach of the weight restriction, was found to have vehicle tax that expired a month ago which will be reported to the DVLA.
Below is a summary of the action taken.