Lorries to get a solar warning
PUBLISHED: 08:08 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 31 May 2010
A NEW solar-powered warning sign to deter overweight lorries from entering Saffron Walden is to be installed on the B184. On the advice of residents and the town council, Essex Highways will erect the vehicle activation sign (VAS) on the southbound stretc
A NEW solar-powered warning sign to deter overweight lorries from entering Saffron Walden is to be installed on the B184.
On the advice of residents and the town council, Essex Highways will erect the vehicle activation sign (VAS) on the southbound stretch of the road just before the roundabout in Little Chesterford.
The sign identifies the length of the vehicle and estimates the weight, and accordingly advises the driver that a 7.5 tonne limit into the town is approaching.
Vehicles over 7.5 tonnes can still exit the town through that route.
Chris Stoneham, of Essex Highways, said: "The sign will try to highlight to the driver that this is the last point they can turn around before the weight limit is introduced, and that they should follow the alternative route.
"Although there are existing signs it is worth trying this particular sign to reinforce the existing limits. It is a further advisory measure for heavy goods vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes."
The introduction of the sign follows complaints from people within the Bridge Street area of Saffron Walden about a significant number of heavy goods vehicles ignoring the weight limit on that route into the town.
As a result there has been regular enforcement from Trading Standards and additional enforcement from police. Drivers of overweight vehicles caught ignoring the limit face a warning and a potential fine.
The new VAS has an estimated cost of between £3,000 and £4,000 and should be installed by the end of March.
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