12:04PM, Tuesday 08 October 2013
A series of operations have been launched to ensure that cars, vans and lorries are not carrying excessive weight, which potentially puts themselves and others at risk.
Overloaded vehicles are less stable, more difficult to steer, take longer to stop and also void insurance coverage.
The first operation on the A308 stopped four cars, of which two were overloaded by as much as 13 per cent and the drivers were warned and prevented from moving their vehicles until the weight had been removed.
Drivers can face fines of up to £5,000 per offence for vehicle overloading.
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