As the highway authority, we can make traffic regulation orders to control all types of traffic, including weight limits for lorries.
We have to consult on any proposed order and publish notices on site and in the local press detailing the proposal and inviting any objections, which, if they can't be resolved, must be reported to the relevant council area committee.
Weight limits are a form of traffic regulation order, mostly introduced to protect parts of the highway network, such as weak bridges. Signs indicate the maximum gross vehicle weight of vehicles permitted to use the bridge.
Orders can also be introduced for environmental reasons. Such restrictions generally require exemptions allowing access for loading and unloading. These exemptions make these types of restrictions relatively difficult to enforce.
Enforcement of weight limits in North Yorkshire is the responsibility of North Yorkshire Police. In areas where there are concerns that weight restrictions are being ignored, trading standards and planning services officers also carry out enforcement work.