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Continental Lorries (Overloading)

Volume 19: debated on Tuesday 2 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many Continental lorry loads were overweight on arrival at Plymouth docks from Roscoff in the years 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981;(2) how many Continental lorry loads have been offloaded at Plymouth for being overweight on arrival from Roscoff in the years 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981;(3) how many Continental lorry owners were prosecuted for overweight loads at Plymouth during 1981.

The following are the numbers of foreign-registered goods vehicles which were found to be overweight within the dock area and were consequently prohibited from proceeding until the excess weight had been off-loaded or re-distributed to conform with our axle loading regulations:

There were no prosecutions at Plymouth of foreign goods vehicles for overloading offences during this period.Prohibition of the movement of the offending vehicle until the overloading has been remedied imposes a substantial cost on the operator which has a deterrent effect. Offences involving foreign lorries in Great Britain are regularly reported to the Governments concerned for action under national laws.