Overturned lorry demonstrates dangers of ignoring restrictions
Police Scotland today confirmed that a man has been charged with dangerous driving, after a lorry overturned on the Forth Road Bridge while high wind restrictions were in place.
The incident occurred at around 14.50 on Tuesday 14 March. As a result the bridge closed in both directions for several hours to allow safe recovery of the vehicle, reopening at 18:19.
A total of 49 variable message signs on the approaches to the bridge and across the trunk road network had been displaying messages since 11:22 that morning prohibiting high-sided vehicles from crossing the bridge due to high winds.
Mark Arndt, Amey’s Account Director for the Forth Bridges Unit, said: “This incident demonstrates the dangers of ignoring high wind restrictions on the Forth Road Bridge, and the potential consequences for drivers. On this occasion it was only a matter of luck that nobody was killed or injured, and a huge amount of disruption and frustration was caused to many thousands of people.
“We would urge all drivers of wind susceptible vehicles – which includes caravans, cars with trailers or roof boxes and motorcycles as well as high sided vehicles – to pay close attention to safety restrictions during high winds and to obey road signs. If you ignore these restrictions you risk your license, your job and potentially your liberty, as well as your own safety and that of other road users.
“I would also like to thank the great majority of responsible drivers who do pay attention to restrictions for their patience and understanding during this incident.”