Police stopped more than 50 cars in Marlow Bridge operation

Police stopped more than 50 cars in Marlow Bridge operation

Police stopped more than 50 cars in Marlow Bridge operation

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

POLICE stopped more than 50 vehicles crossing the Marlow Bridge this week as they aimed to crackdown on people travelling in vehicles too heavy for the road.

In just two hours on Tuesday, July 22, police issued 19 tickets to vehicles which were over the three tonne weight limit.

Officers at the scene also stopped 33 other vehicles which were on the cusp of the limit and gave them advice about the correct weights, before asking them to turn around and go in the other direction.

Inspector Scott Messenger said: “We have done two things like this in the last couple of months.

“The first initiative was a crime reduction operation using the mobile ANPR cameras.

“The aim of this was to use intelligence to stop criminals from Slough and Maidenhead and extend the hand of friendship and say they are not welcome in Marlow.

“However, yesterday was useful to monitor the weight of vehicles travelling over the bridge, with a weight limit currently set at three tonnes.”

Inspector Messenger was speaking about the bridge operation at a Marlow Community Forum this week.

While discussing the police involvement he agreed with a number of others that increasing the weight limit to 3.5 tonnes may be a preferable option and could easily be self-policed.

The issues were being discussed in a bid to stop heavy vehicles causing structural damage to the bridge.

Inspector Messenger added: “What many people didn’t realise is a lot of big 4x4 type cars are very close to that three tonne marker.

“However, some vehicles which exceed 3.5 tonnes often don’t travel on the bridge because it is quite narrow and they often are too big.”

What do you think about the police operation this week? Email your views to bfpnews@london.newsquest.co.uk

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3:46pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

All very well until the police stopped me in my ford galaxy and tried to tell me I was breaking the law. At 4,059 lb I was well within the limit which seemed to upset them so they thought I needed a stern lecture how close I was to the limit.
Glad I didn't argue and prolong my stay... may I suggest all those that got stopped and all those that got tickets check out how much their vehicle weights, very easy to do so online. It may save you having to pay a fine and help educate our lovely police officers.
All very well until the police stopped me in my ford galaxy and tried to tell me I was breaking the law. At 4,059 lb I was well within the limit which seemed to upset them so they thought I needed a stern lecture how close I was to the limit. Glad I didn't argue and prolong my stay... may I suggest all those that got stopped and all those that got tickets check out how much their vehicle weights, very easy to do so online. It may save you having to pay a fine and help educate our lovely police officers. Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 13

5:01pm Sat 2 Aug 14

s6blr says...

The Marlow Yummy Mummie 4x4 death to other road users brigade will certainly be up in arms over this! Gosh, imagine for a second those poor ladies may have to walk to get their white wine and Botox.
The Marlow Yummy Mummie 4x4 death to other road users brigade will certainly be up in arms over this! Gosh, imagine for a second those poor ladies may have to walk to get their white wine and Botox. s6blr
  • Score: 25

10:32pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Fit2drop says...

My Kia Sorento only just fits through the bollards and only weighs 2.5 tonnes. I suspect most 7 seaters and majority of Chelsea tractors are under 3 tonnes.
Could have nicked at least 50 on the Deeds Grove Estate for no tax, bold tyres, parking on verges, but not interested. Aaaaaggghhhh.
My Kia Sorento only just fits through the bollards and only weighs 2.5 tonnes. I suspect most 7 seaters and majority of Chelsea tractors are under 3 tonnes. Could have nicked at least 50 on the Deeds Grove Estate for no tax, bold tyres, parking on verges, but not interested. Aaaaaggghhhh. Fit2drop
  • Score: 6

10:58am Sun 3 Aug 14

Mr Methane says...

This issue comes up regularly. This post from a previous article is dated
Mon 21 Oct 13 and should clear things up.

' tabact says...
The signs on the bridge state 3T MGW. Apparently if your vehicle has a plated gross vehicle weight higher than 3 tonnes it's too heavy regardless of what it may actually weigh at the time. The important part is MGW (maximum gross weight) on the sign which allows the police this interpretation. If the sign just had a 3T limit on it they would have to weigh the vehicle to prove it was over weight. '

I would make the limit 2 tonnes and that would be the end of it. Any other traffic uses the bypass.
This issue comes up regularly. This post from a previous article is dated Mon 21 Oct 13 and should clear things up. ' tabact says... The signs on the bridge state 3T MGW. Apparently if your vehicle has a plated gross vehicle weight higher than 3 tonnes it's too heavy regardless of what it may actually weigh at the time. The important part is MGW (maximum gross weight) on the sign which allows the police this interpretation. If the sign just had a 3T limit on it they would have to weigh the vehicle to prove it was over weight. ' I would make the limit 2 tonnes and that would be the end of it. Any other traffic uses the bypass. Mr Methane
  • Score: 5

12:54pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Fit2drop wrote:
My Kia Sorento only just fits through the bollards and only weighs 2.5 tonnes. I suspect most 7 seaters and majority of Chelsea tractors are under 3 tonnes.
Could have nicked at least 50 on the Deeds Grove Estate for no tax, bold tyres, parking on verges, but not interested. Aaaaaggghhhh.
I'll vote that one!
Doing a trawl for all defective vehicles, MOT, tax and insurance dodgers that is!
How hard would it be to have the police drive about at night (OK when not busy) with the ANPR on and doing a trawl of all vehicles? Probably too much effort because all the extra paperwork because of so many hits!
[quote][p][bold]Fit2drop[/bold] wrote: My Kia Sorento only just fits through the bollards and only weighs 2.5 tonnes. I suspect most 7 seaters and majority of Chelsea tractors are under 3 tonnes. Could have nicked at least 50 on the Deeds Grove Estate for no tax, bold tyres, parking on verges, but not interested. Aaaaaggghhhh.[/p][/quote]I'll vote that one! Doing a trawl for all defective vehicles, MOT, tax and insurance dodgers that is! How hard would it be to have the police drive about at night (OK when not busy) with the ANPR on and doing a trawl of all vehicles? Probably too much effort because all the extra paperwork because of so many hits! Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 6

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