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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Cumbria police hand out vehicle weight fines

Police gave out more than £2,000 in fines to drivers with overloaded vehicles after a patrol on the M6.

Along with officials from trading standards and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, officers carried out a the exercise on Friday.

A total of 35 small and medium-sized goods vehicles were checked, with five found to be overweight.

One trailer was found to have faulty brakes and was not allowed to travel again until these were repaired.

Police have advised anyone using a van or similar commercial vehicle to make sure they know how much weight it can hold as its brakes and handling can be affected by being overloaded.

Drivers stopped by police can also be punished by having to remove some of the excess weight from their vehicles.

A spokeswoman said: “People often think if a load fits into a van it is okay but quite often the actual payload weight of a vehicle is very low.”

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