MP asks for tighter restrictions on HGVs

Mid-Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham
Mid-Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham

Mid-Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham wants tighter restrictions on Heavy Goods Vehicles using rural roads around Belper and surrounding towns.

Mrs Latham has written to Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin to ask him to make an assessment of the powers local councils and police have to enforce the restrictions on HGVs driving on weight-restricted roads.

She also called for Mr McLoughlin to consider bringing forward proposals to require HGVs using satellite navigation systems to have weight-restricted roads removed.

The action comes from the issue being raised by local councillors and a report from the Local Government Association which stated that oversized lorries were causing ‘bedlam’ on rural roads, with a number of recent accidents.

Mrs Latham has called for an assessment as to whether the current regulations are sufficient to protect rural roads, which present problems to HGV vehicles due to their size and weight.

She said: “I have sent two questions for the Secretary of State and hope his department can get back to me quickly on the issue.

“Ideally police and local councils would be given more resources to enforce the current laws.

“Removing weight-restricted roads from the sat navs of HGVs would go a long way to fixing this problem.”