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   Enforcement action on the B3110    1 July, 2014

Speed Enforcement

As you may have read in local press Avon and Somerset Constabulary have purchased three speed enforcement bikes which are operated by civilian enforcement officers employed by the police.  One of these bikes operates in our area and has been active in Hinton Charterhouse. The operator has suggested that the Parish does have an issue with speeding and he will be returning.

What is interesting about the new police strategy is that it is intended as a high visibility deterrent strategy as well as enforcement, and that the bikes will be able to enforce in positions the vans are unable to operate in, although the equipment does require 100 metre line of sight to operate.  Priority is being given to 30mph speed limits.

Over weight and over height HGVs

The problem of HGVs using the B3110, either accidentally or deliberately, persists and this issue was brought to the fore again a few days ago when two lorries had to stop in Midford before the low bridge and then be assisted by police to escape their predicament.  During one of the occurrences minor damage was done to a resident’s garden wall.

The Chairman entered into some correspondence with the local Police Inspector and the matter was brought up at the recent police liaison meeting.  As a result of this the police have undertaken to take enforcement action against HGVs found on the B3110 through the newly formed Roads Policing Unit (RPU). This will not affect HGVs legitimately accessing local farms or businesses.

If you have something to say on either of these issues then please use the forum on this web site.

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