Will Forster

Lib Dem Borough Councillor for Hoe Valley and County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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Surrey County Council creates an ‘HGV Watch’

by willforster on 30 March, 2021

Following concerns from local people about HGVs, Surrey County Council is launching an ‘HGV Watch’ to empower local communities to tackle the problem.

The County Council has created many weight restriction orders to stop inappropriate movement of HGVs, but both the Council and Police struggle to enforce these restrictions.  So following a trial scheme in Chobham, the Council will set up a Surrey-wide HGV watch in partnership with the Police.

The scheme would be operated by the County Council’s Highway team who would train, co-ordinate and communicate with volunteer groups and HGV operators to improve the awareness of and compliance with any weight restrictions.

Police resources may then be aimed at tackling repeat offenders to help increase the deterrent effect.  The scheme would work in a similar way to Community Speedwatch.

Earlier today, the Council’s ruling Cabinet agreed to the HGV Watch plans and it will go live in a few months.  In the meantime, please read the details here and feel free to get in touch if you are interested in volunteering.

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