West Bank

Winster, Derbyshire

 

Drivers prosecuted


 West Bank is a steep and in places narrow hill with no footpaths and, often, a number of parked vehicles. It has an average gradient of 1:6 but in places is steeper than that.
This hill is plagued by heavy vehicles, often using it as a shortcut to or from Darley Dale to save the trouble of following the correct route via Pickory Corner/A6.
 As a result there have been a number of incidents where property and vehicles have been damaged by HGVs and where considerable disruption has been caused.
Residents have been calling for action to reduce this menace since at least 1988.
A 3 ton weight restriction was placed on West bank in 1973 and updated in 1988. These were largely ignored by vehicles.
A proper weight restriction of 3.5t was established for West Bank by Derbyshire County Council in July 2008.

This is enforceable. However, the road signs concerned are not easily seen by drivers at either end of West Bank.

Currently, when an HGV can be reported, the data is sent  to Trading Standards whose remit is to send
the offender notification that they have contravened the Restriction Order.

Received 21.5.15 from Trading Standards:

WEIGHT RESTRICTION ENFORCEMENT IN DERBYSHIRE
WEIGHT RESTRICTION: WEST BANK, WINSTER 

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of the information you have provided during the past financial year (2014-15) in relation to HGVs contravening the above restriction
 and thought you would be interested to hear about the various actions that were taken by this Service as a result:- 

Complaints received (where vehicles identified): 242 
Complaints received (no registration number):  12*
No action possible (not traceable/foreign/3.5 tonne):  28
Vehicles gaining legitimate access:  2
Advice letters sent to operators:  194
Advice emails sent to operators:  12*
Formal action taken: 112 
 

Formal actions taken –
Decision pending:  1
Warning Letters (driver &/or operator): 122
Simple Cautions issued:  4
Prosecutions taken:  5  (3 drivers fined a total of £857 with costs of £345
[West Bank only, headline figure includes Main St]
2 drivers appearing in court on 10/6/15)  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing this information as it helps us to target our resources as effectively as possible.

£365
Including costs.

Main Street, Winster



£225
Fined £80 + costs and victim surcharge of £145




£228

Fines £83 + 145 costs & victim surcharge.**

** A change in court proceedings now gives drivers the opportunity to plead guilty by post.
Fines/costs are now tending to be lower




£271
Fined £126 + £115 costs + £30 victim surcharge.





£239
Magistrates fined this one £94 + £115 costs + £30 victim surcharge



£345


At Chesterfield Magistrates' Court 7.12.16
Driver fined £200 + £145 costs



   
   
£361
At Chesterfield Magistrates' Court  3.11.16
Driver fined £216 + £145 costs






£536
At Chesterfield Magistrates' Court. 28.9.16
Full artic MX 57 MGO breaching 7.5t restriction on Main St, Winster.
Fines £383 with costs of £115 and victim surcharge of £38    (=£536)
(no picture)




£596


At Chesterfield Magistrates' Court, 28.9.16
This driver fined £438 with costs of £115 and victim surcharge of £43  (=£596)








£456

At Chesterfield Magistrates' Court  17 Feb 2016









The driver of this vehicle pleaded guilty and was fined £310 + £115 costs + £31 Victim Surcharge










   
   










 At Chesterfield Magistrates' Court  20 Jan 2016



£300


Driver fined £165 + £135 costs

£185

Driver fined £50 + £135 costs




£185

Driver artic (no picture) PO 62 BUE fined £50 + £135 costs



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£401


On 10.12.15 Chesterfield Magistrates fined the driver of this vehicle £116 + £115 costs + £170 Court costs  = £401







£543

Chesterfield Magistrates on 11.11.15 fined this driver £253 + £115 costs +£175 court costs  = £543







£561

In Chesterfield Magistrates' Court on 11.11.15 the driver of this vehicle was fined £276 + £115 costs+ £170 court costs = £561








£219




The driver of this vehicle was fined  a total of £219 at Chesterfield Magistrates' Court.
(£84 + £135 costs)










£610

At Chesterfield Magistrate's Court on 19 Aug 2015 this driver was fined
£450 with £160 costs/victim surcharge

 

 

 

 

 

 

£571
5 Aug 15
FN 13 WKD - a 50ft flatback lorry with a 30ft trailer stopped in the Main Street, Winster, before trying to turn up West Bank.
He was warned that he was a) in a 7.5t limit and b)West Bank is a 3.5t limit. He turned round and retraced his steps to Darley Dale.
the driver was fined £415 including costs, and a £156 victim surcharge was added.  Total £571

 

£371 EACH

 

 

 Each of these drivers fined £233 with £115 costs and £23 'victim surcharge'


In addition one of these vehicles was fines a further £233 TWICE [ie £742] for using
Sydnope Hill (7.5t limit)  and Darley Bridge-Winster (7.5t limit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£458

 

[This] prosecution for West Bank was heard in Chesterfield Court [23.4.15?]
- driver came down from Lancashire but pleaded guilty and was then
 fined £303 with £115 costs and £40 victim surcharge, so quite an expensive 'short-cut'
for him after 40 years' blemish-free driving!
(from Trading Standards)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£599

 

 

The driver of this tanker appeared in Chesterfield court on 18 Feb 2015 and pleaded guilty.
He was fined £440 with £115 costs and a £44 victim surcharge. 
(The maximum fine is £1000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 £249

 

Kevin Goodman, the driver of this 44tonne vehicle appeared at Chesterfield Magistrate's Court on 18 March 2015.

*Prosecuting solicitor Geoffrey Hardy, representing Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards, said:
“There are concerns along the length of West Bank at Winster junction with East Bank and the nearby B5057.
There is an order prohibiting heavy commercial vehicles operating with vehicles with a weight exceeding 7.5tonnes.
It’s an environmental weight limit to exclude HGVs from a narrow and steep hill with residents’ cars parked on both sides.”

*Goodman stated: “I deeply regret the incident. It was a new job and I was in an area I was not familiar with and I was relying on Sat Nav.”
He was fined £114 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £115 costs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

£274

 *Philip Grindey drove a 32tonne milk tanker through Winster’s 7.5tonne limit zone in December.
Grindey, 63, of Mappleton, Ashbourne, also pleaded guilty to contravening traffic regulations. [Chesterfield Magistrates 18.3.15]
 He was fined £139 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £115 costs.
 Mr Grindey told the court he had become complacent and had not realised he could not legally go through this part of Winster.  

*Extracted from Matlock Mercury, 19.3.15

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