The Dealers, the story of ordinary used truck folk in 101 words. Episode three, Petty Cash

A well tanned but unshaven Mickey ‘Dee’ Day swung his two-door bile green Bentley convertible into the yard. Resplendent in Oakley shades, quilted jacket, and Jeff Banks shirt, he stepped out revealing brown Loake shoes and cream chinos.

His jaw yo-yoed battling two-day old chewing gum. If he’d been 30 years younger and five stone lighter he might‘ve got away with it. The Boss peered out the window and braced himself for the worse.

Dee-Day took short strides towards the cabin. Eventually door swung open. “Get the bleedin’ kettle on, I’m as dry as Gandhi’s flip flop,” he yelled, breathing hard.

In the next episode, will Dee-Day part with any cash? Find out in the next episode of The Dealers, the story of ordinary used truck folk in a 101 words.

(The Dealers is an Road Transport Media Production, author and editor is Laurie Dealer – characters are fictional and not based on any living person, any likeness is coincidental)

Lorry watch scheme sees haulier prosecuted

A Bristol haulier has been fined after lorry watch volunteers reported a repeated breach of the weight restriction on Bradford on Avon’s historic Town Bridge.

Wright Minimix was ordered to pay a £500 fine along with £125 costs in a hearing at Chippenham Magistrates Court in Wiltshire yesterday (4 September), after the concrete pumping service was found guilty of breaching the 18 tonne weight limit.

Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public health and protection services for Wiltshire Council, said: “The vast majority of companies who are warned by us when they’re reported by the volunteers don’t re-offend, which is why the numbers of lorries crossing the bridge illegally has dropped since lorry watch started.  However there have been a few which have ignored our warnings and this was one of those cases.”

The lorry watch scheme began last October and volunteers have since seen the number of lorries using the bridge drop from an average of 50 to around 25 per week.

“We hope this action will send a very clear message to haulage companies and drivers,” Humphries said.

Look out for our investigation into lorry watch schemes in the 6 September issue of Commercial Motor magazine, out tomorrow.