Truckers slapped with $20K overweight fines on bridge

Truck driver who cross this bridge overweight are being slapped with hefty fines!

According to a Facebook post from the Alberta Sheriff’s Office, the department has recently handed out numerous overweight tickets on the Vinca Bridge in Alberta, Canada.

The post states that the weight limit on the bridge changed on June 8, due to structural issues. The post goes on to state that there are several signs along alerting truck drivers of the change.

It appears that truckers are ignoring the signs and Alberta Sheriff’s deputies are waiting for them. They’ve handed out two tickets exceeding $20,000.

“As part of its mandate to keep everyone safe on Alberta’s roads, the Sheriff Highway Patrol works to protect transportation infrastructure from damage caused by overweight vehicles.There has been a weight restriction on the Vinca bridge on Highway 38 south of Redwater since June 8, due to structural issues recently identified in the bridge’s steel girders. The restriction is clearly marked by signs on several routes leading to the bridge. The signage is in addition to lists of restrictions published online by Alberta Transportation and email notifications sent to affected parties.Following complaints about overloaded commercial traffic crossing the Vinca bridge, sheriffs conducted some directed patrols in the area and stopped three vehicles in two days last week for exceeding the posted 20-tonne (20,000-kilogram) limit. A Sheriff Highway Patrol member stopped the pictured unit hauling soil on July 15. It was 28,220 kg overweight and received a $15,904 fine for contravening the Commercial Vehicle Dimension and Weight Regulation. Two overweight units stopped the previous day were in even greater excess of the 20-tonne limit: the operator of a fully-loaded tanker truck carrying dangerous goods received a $21,307 fine; the operator of a fully-loaded truck hauling sod received a $23,180 fine.Damage to vital infrastructure like bridges can create unsafe driving conditions for everyone on the roads. Commercial operators have a legal duty to stay up to date on road restrictions and comply with them. Information is available at 511.alberta.ca and by reading regular bulletins about road restrictions and bans published online by Alberta Transportation: https://www.alberta.ca/road-restrictions-and-bans-overview.aspx.,” the Facebook post states.

As part of its mandate to keep everyone safe on Alberta’s roads, the Sheriff Highway Patrol works to protect…

Posted by Alberta Sheriffs on Tuesday, July 21, 2020