Haulage firm fined by court after 18-tonne lorry went over ancient Swarkestone Bridge
A HAULAGE firm has been fined after one if its trucks drove over a Derbyshire ancient monument when more than twice the legal weight limit.
A joint operation by Derbyshire County Council trading standards and police caught the 18-tonne HGV going over Swarkestone Bridge on July 6 last year.
The team snared the vehicle during one of its regular spot checks at the famous causeway.
A spokesman for the county council said the bridge is a scheduled ancient monument and is covered by a 7.5 tonne weight restriction to protect it from damage.
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The ruling is called the Derbyshire County Council (Swarkestone Causeway Weight Restriction) Order 2004.
The company, called Teatime Tasties Limited, of Huddersfield, was fined £270, plus £115 costs and a £15 victim surcharge at Derby Crown Court on January 31 after pleading guilty to the offence by post.
A council spokesman said: "Swarkestone Bridge is a scheduled ancient monument which is covered by a weight restriction to protect it from damage.
"Weight restrictions are placed on Derbyshire roads for good reason – to improve safety for residents, pedestrians and other road users and to protect the environment, whether urban or rural.
"Signs are in place on the approach to weight restricted roads to warn drivers.
"We will continue to prosecute where we find the law is being broken."