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17Feb94 UK: LORRY LAW SWERVES IN FAVOUR OF BRIDGES.

Laws aimed at stopping lorries smashing into low bridges and causing £5 million worth of damage a year will be introduced this summer.Changes to legislation have been delayed by a longer than expected consultation period.But now Department of Transport officials are confident the alteration will be in place this summer in a bid to prevent more than 700 bridge bashings a year.New laws will require truck drivers to have the height of their vehicles written in the cab, and an alarm will sound if a driver moves off with the tipper raised.And local authorities will have to be notified when a truck higher than 4.88 m plans to drive through their borough.A DoT spokesman said: 'A lot of the problems are caused by drivers not knowing the height of their trucks.'Haulage leaders at the Freight Transport Association have slammed the plans as impractical and bureaucratic. CONSTRUCTION NEWS