Lorry drivers' warning

LORRY drivers are warning there could be significant problems if councillors decide to press ahead with a planned weight restriction on North Somerset's roads. Residents have been pushing for the ban on HGVs between Churchill traffic lights and West Harp

LORRY drivers are warning there could be significant problems if councillors decide to press ahead with a planned weight restriction on North Somerset's roads. Residents have been pushing for the ban on HGVs between Churchill traffic lights and West Harptree, and North Somerset Council's executive member for transport and strategic planning, John Crockford-Hawley, is waiting for colleagues at Bath and North East Somerset Council to give their views.But the Freight Transport Association has warned proceeding with the restrictions will lead to big problems with pollution.South West policy manager Ian Gallagher said: "If hauliers are forced to add more mileage to their journeys this will result in greater carbon dioxide emissions. "Moreover, any increase in transport costs will lead to higher prices of goods for you and me."Cllr Crockford-Hawley said: "There is no straightforward solution and strong arguments against the restrictions. "There is a problem with HGVs but it is not going to go away."Also, the police have told us they have better things to do than keep watch over a weight restriction. "Whatever I do I am going to be wrong but I have to do something.


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