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Lorry Watch scheme

Information on Suffolk's Lorry Watch scheme

Trading Standards Service can enforce weight restriction orders under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. Weight restriction orders make it an offence to drive a vehicle through the restricted area where the vehicle exceeds the weight limit imposed unless they are exempt, for example some Environmental Orders provide exemptions when delivering or collecting within the restriction zone.

The Lorry Watch scheme aims to help parishes who feel that local HGV weight restriction traffic orders are being abused.

The scheme is run by Trading Standards in partnership with Suffolk Highways, who ensure that weight restriction orders are adhered to. These orders are in place to protect old or weak structures, as well as to prohibit heavy vehicles from areas unsuitable for their size (e.g. narrow village roads).

The scheme aims to empower residents and prevent environmental damage to some of Suffolk's most sensitive settlements.

We have active Lorry Watch schemes in the following areas:

  • Barnham
  • Coddenham
  • Hadleigh
  • Holton
  • Sproughton
  • Thorndon


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