§ Mr. Heppell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the levels of fines applicable to lorry operators convicted of overloading their vehicles; and when the levels were last reviewed. 
§ Mr. Maclean
The Government are satisfied that the penalties for offences relating to overloaded goods vehicles are adequate. Driving an overloaded goods vehicle carries a maximum sentence of a £5,000 fine. This level of fine was set in 1991 and has not been reviewed since because there is no evidence that the courts have found it too low.