Weight and width restrictions

Restrictions are legal controls on certain roads and routes. Weight restrictions can be used for structural or for environmental reasons and should:

  • Reduce danger to road users and manage congestion
  • Prevent damage 
  • Preserve the environment of an area

They are subject to a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). Regulatory signs are put up on site to notify users and to assist the police.

Those restrictions with 'except for access' clauses, are difficult to enforce. For this reason, enforcement is a low priority and, where possible, physical measures should be used to prevent any abuse.

They will not be used if there is no other suitable route for the displaced traffic. If a TRO restricts the use of a road, the signing of another route will need to be put in.

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