§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he intends to take to restrict vehicles of maximum laden weights within European Economic Community guidelines to special routes away from roads containing gas mains.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, county councils may make traffic regulation orders specifying through routes for heavy commercial vehicles, or prohibiting or restricting, the use of heavy commercial vehicles in such zones or on such roads as may be specified. It is for the councils to decide what restrictions may be appropriate in their areas. The Department have reminded highway authorities of the need to ensure that roads and bridges on to which heavy vehicles are to be diverted by a traffic management scheme are capable of carrying those vehicles.