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Bridgwater Scania driver fined for unsecured trailer loading

A BRIDGWATER man has been fined £500 after he admitted drawing a trailer with an unsecured load which risked causing injury.

Court documents say Gareth Usher, of Polden Street, was driving a Scania articulated goods vehicle with a trailer which had “insufficient load securing to prevent the movement of the load”.

The documents also state that the use of the trailer “involved danger of injury to anyone”.

Usher, 33, committed the offense on the M5 near Cullompton, Devon on March 14, 2022.

He was driving a Scania near Cullompton when he was caught. Photo: Google Street View

He pleaded guilty in single court proceedings on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

The procedure allows cases involving adults accused of minor offenses to be dealt with by a single magistrate on the basis of documents alone without the need for a court hearing.

Along with his £500 fine, he was ordered to pay £90 in court costs and a £50 surcharge to fund victim services.

He has until August 2 to pay his £640 court bill.

The court listing says his guilty plea was “considered in sentencing.”

Under the Road Traffic Act 1988 drivers must not use a motor vehicle or trailer on a road when “the weight, position or distribution of its load, or the manner in which it is secured. .. involves a danger of injury to the whole person”.


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