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A14 lorry drivers and escort vehicle reported for multiple offences after wide loads cause tailbacks and 'rush hour chaos' at Bury St Edmunds




The drivers of two lorries and an escort vehicle were reported for multiple offences after causing tailbacks and 'rush hour chaos' on the A14.

The two HGV artics with wooden crates stacked 15.5 ft across were travelling from Leicester to Felixstowe when they were spotted by Suffolk Police's new commercial vehicle unit (CVU) on the A14 eastbound at Bury St Edmunds, at 4.45pm yesterday.

As well as causing tailbacks several miles long, the lorries were travelling 300m apart with traffic caught between them.

The vehicles were reported for 'multiple offences'. Picture: Suffolk police
The vehicles were reported for 'multiple offences'. Picture: Suffolk police

"Loads of this size are not allowed to move during rush hour or in hours of darkness without the permission of the abnormal loads officer, which they didn't have.

"There was only one escort vehicle in convoy and there should have been two of them.

"The loads were not properly lit with wide marker lights for darkness movements.

"This was causing long tailbacks of several miles as the lorries and escort vehicle were straddling both lanes not allowing anyone to pass."

The HGVs and escort vehicle were stopped during rush hour. Picture: Suffolk police
The HGVs and escort vehicle were stopped during rush hour. Picture: Suffolk police

The escort vehicle driver was reported for driving 'without consideration' to other road users and having an expired MOT.

The two lorry drivers were also reported for driving without consideration to other road users, failing to fit obligatory beacons, and driving an overwidth vehicle.

All vehicles were instructed to park on the roadside until 9am this morning.

The spokesman added: "Being overwidth isn't an offence if notified to the police correctly and the vehicles move in daylight.

"However as they were moving in darkness and during rush hour - which isn't allowed without express permission - construction and use regulations apply.

"The drivers were informed that at that width, one escort vehicle per truck was required and they were told to have two new escort vehicles for onward travel this morning."

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