Lorries defying wind limits may face tougher penalties

Penalties to deter vehicles from flouting high wind restrictions are being investigated by ministers.

Sunday, 19th February 2017, 11:46 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 9:18 am

The move comes after the Forth Road Bridge was closed for 19 hours when a lorry was blown over last month.

The driver was charged with dangerous driving because the lorry overturned.

However, other motorists who ignore vehicle bans during bad weather cannot be prosecuted unless they commit another offence, such as crashing.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “I have asked Transport Scotland to examine how often this is happening and what enforcement measures we can take. “There needs to be some honest conversations with heavy goods vehicle operators.”

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government agency added: “Drivers of high-sided vehicles must act responsibly in windy conditions and comply with the warning signs or they risk being prosecuted for dangerous driving.

“We are reviewing the recent incident at the Forth Road Bridge and the wider implications for other crossings with our operational partners, with our focus on working alongside the industry to address the issues.

“In particular, we are looking to establish a clearer picture of the extent of non-compliance and this will inform our next steps in terms of education and deterrent measures.”