Driv­ers us­ing bridge get weighty warn­ing

Users told they could be fined if ve­hi­cles ex­ceed the three tonne limit

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Fol­low­ing a month of ac­tion, which has seen more than 600 over­weight ve­hi­cles cross­ing the bridge, driv­ers could now have to pay £50 for break­ing the weight re­stric­tions.

The in­tro­duc­tion of a fine comes af­ter the bridge was closed on Septem­ber 24 last year when a lorry, which was car­ry­ing more than 10 times the bridge’s weight limit, at­tempted to cross it.

Since it re­opened, Po­lice Sergeant Robin Hughes, from Marlow neigh­bour­hood team, said it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of driv­ers to en­sure they know whether their ve­hi­cle is safe to cross.

He said: “There has been a small group of driv­ers over the past month who have tried to cross the bridge in an over­weight ve­hi­cle on more than one oc­ca­sion and seem to have no re­gard for the weight limit.

“One ve­hi­cle we stopped was over 10 met­ric tonnes – seven tonnes over the limit.

“How­ever, the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple that we have turned around in the first phase of this op­er­a­tion have been very un­der­stand­ing and gen­uinely un­aware their ve­hi­cle was over­weight.

“It is, how­ever, your re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure you know your ve­hi­cle’s max­i­mum gross weight, so please make sure you take a mo­ment to check this.”

Marlow Bridge is a Grade I listed struc­ture and its use is re­stricted to ve­hi­cles un­der three tonnes max­i­mum gross weight (MGW) and less than 6ft 6ins wide.

Po­lice Sergeant Hughes added: “This weight limit is in place to help pro­tect a well-loved historic land­mark and, as pre­vi­ous events have demon­strated, over­weight ve­hi­cles at­tempt­ing to cross it can cause se­ri­ous dis­rup­tion to our town.

“We are work­ing with part­ners to look at longer term so­lu­tions to this is­sue, but from [this week] we will be is­su­ing fines to those who con­tinue to ig­nore the weight re­stric­tions when cross­ing Marlow Bridge.”

The MGW of a ve­hi­cle can be found in a car’s hand­book or in box F1 on the ve­hi­cle’s V5 reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ment. If this fig­ure ex­ceeds 3,000kg then that ve­hi­cle can­not use Marlow Bridge and must use the A404 by­pass in­stead.

The num­ber of pas­sen­gers or lug­gage within a ve­hi­cle has no bear­ing on its MGW.

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