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Weight limits - roads and highways

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Weight limit enforcement

Enforcement of weight limits is a matter for the police. However, the police have limited resources to enforce this type of restriction - especially environmental restrictions. Restrictions with 'except for access' clauses quickly fall into dispute and are notoriously difficult to enforce.

However, these are needed to permit HGV access to local shops, businesses and residential properties for deliveries, removals and so forth. For this reason, enforcement is a low priority and therefore physical measures should be introduced to prevent any abuse of the restrictions - installation of signs alone is ineffective.

Restrictions will not be used if there is no suitable alternative route for the displaced traffic.


Additional considerations

Where a Traffic Regulation Order restricts the use of a road, route or area to certain vehicles, the signposting of a recommended alternative route will need to be considered.


Contact us

Traffic and Highways
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 3106

Fax: 020 8545 4865