Truck drivers push luck on quake-hit bridges
Truck drivers are flouting weight restrictions on two earthquake-damaged bridges.
Sergeant Max Newman, of the commercial vehicle investigation unit, said a truck driver was caught more than five times over the 3.5-tonne limit on the Bridge St bridge in South New Brighton at 1pm yesterday in a vehicle weighing 16 tonnes.
He received a $6800 fine.
At 9.30am yesterday, a driver was caught in a 13-tonne vehicle on the 3.5-tonne-limit Gayhurst Rd bridge in Dallington.
The excuse he gave the officer was that he was following his boss, who was driving a four-wheel-drive vehicle, Newman said.
The driver was fined $3200.
The men were two of 44 truck drivers caught crossing the Bridge St or Gayhurst Rd bridges since July 5 last year.
The worst case was a driver caught crossing the Bridge St bridge in a vehicle that weighed more than 19 tonnes.
Newman said the weight restrictions were clearly signposted before the bridges.
The restrictions were put in place by the Christchurch City Council after the February 2011 earthquake to protect the badly damaged bridges.
"It's not rocket science," Newman said.
He said police would continue to monitor the bridges until they were repaired or replaced.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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