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the g.v.w (gross vehicle weight) con

Not sure if you heard on the radio about a vans being stopped on Marlow Bridge a couple of weeks ago. Basically the've put a sign up to say  max 3T gvw. Many vans were stopped an ticketed, irrespective of what they actually weighed, if they have a gvw of over 3T, ticket given. We had one of our vans done even though it was near empty and nowhere near 3T - probably 2.3T

If they want to set an actual weight limit, then do so - don't set it on potential weight. so our large transit and relay now need to avoid the bridge, which btw has bollards to restrict width of entry fr larger vehicles.

Driving around today I spotted a couple of more signs elsewhere with the same thing - so beware of your vans gvw. Eg a 2900 vivaro lwb has a gvw of 3010kg - would that be ticketed?

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  • PRO

    It's always been the same Andrew. If they didn't work on the GVW there would be in a debate with every single vehicle over what the load weighs. Then everyone would have to be sent off to a weighbridge to see if they were over the limit or not.

  • They were out in force weren't they! Luckily I didn't get stopped, only seemed to be getting vehicles going into town. 

  • PRO

    There are mobile weighing devices; this is a blunt instrument to restrict access to Marlow. Just becasue it's been the same does not make it right or sensibile. Lots of Marlow people are peeved by it also - some chelsea tractors caught out.

    Glen - lucky you!

    • Funnily enough they had 2 of the new disco's when I went past. 

  • PRO

    Not my area but I'll be looking out for those Max 3 tonne signs.Thanks for the heads up. It is all a part of the war on motors that make me glad I'm at the tail end of my working life. Next year our local council (Brum) is introducing a congestion charge for the entire area within the Middle Ring Rd. All this will achieve will be all drivers using the already busy ring road instead of the free flowing tunnels beneath the city centre. Further, the same council is flattening a busy flyover as it's an "eyesore". Never mind it helps keep 10's of thousands of cars a day moving!

    Believe me, I'm more of an environmentalist than most, but these measures will simply make pollution worse......Sorry !! Rant over.

  • Just checked my van gross vehicle weight, 2700kg, swb traffic / vivaro. 

  • PRO

    Is there a 3m load length van with a gvw less than 3T? Our vivaro lwb is just over at 3010kg

  • Just what we need in Henley, more HGVs. Thanks Marlow!

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