Two truck drivers have been fined after their heavy vehicles went through a sleepy Peak District village that has strict traffic weight restrictions.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, March 18, how drivers Kevin Goodman and Philip Grindey both went through Winster which has a 7.5tonne weight restriction and has steep and narrow roads with parked cars.
Prosecuting solicitor Geoffrey Hardy, representing Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards, said: “There are concerns along the length of West Bank at Winster junction with East Bank and the nearby B5057. There is an order prohibiting heavy commercial vehicles operating with vehicles with a weight exceeding 7.5tonnes. It’s an environmental weight limit to exclude HGVs from a narrow and steep hill with residents’ cars parked on both sides.”
Truck driver Kevin Goodman drove through the village in November with a six-axle goods vehicle weighing 44 tonnes, as pictured.
Goodman stated: “I deeply regret the incident. It was a new job and I was in an area I was not familiar with and I was relying on Sat Nav.”
Goodman, 53, of Lorton, Riverside, Tamworth, pleaded guilty to contravening traffic regulations. He was fined £114 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £115 costs.
Mr Hardy told how truck driver Philip Grindey drove a 32tonne milk tanker through Winster’s 7.5tonne limit zone in December.
Grindey, 63, of Mappleton, Ashbourne, also pleaded guilty to contravening traffic regulations.
He was fined £139 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £115 costs.
Mr Grindey told the court he had become complacent and had not realised he could not legally go through this part of Winster.