Overloading reduction in Cheshire
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THE fact that Licensing Authorities take into account recorded prosecutions before renewing operators' licenses may be one of the reasons that Cheshire saw a slight reduction in overloading offences last year, says Mr Kenneth Nattrass, the county's director of trading standards, in his department's annual report.
Out of 1,192 heavy goods vehicles checked in Cheshire last year, 393 — about 33.per cent were found to be overloaded; a reduction on last year's figures of about 2 per cent. These offences resulted with fines being imposed on operators totalling £6,303.
Mr Nattrass added: "It is still too early to hope that this is an indication that the serious problem of overloading is being reduced."