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Weight Limits on Roads and Bridges

We are responsible for introducing weight limits on bridges where necessary. Weight restrictions can be imposed for structural or for environmental reasons. It's legal control on a specified vehicle weight or width, mainly on lorries, on certain roads and routes.

The restriction prevents large vehicles from using inappropriate roads, routes and areas in order to:

  • Reduce danger to pedestrians and other road users
  • Prevent damage to buildings, roads and bridges
  • Preserve the character, amenity and environment of an area
  • Reduce and manage congestion on the roads.

Weight limit Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)

Weight limits are a type of Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), which are measures to control traffic movements and the parking on streets. Procedures for the implementation of restrictions are subject to a TRO and the associated procedures. Regulatory signs are erected on site to give effect to the TRO and to assist the police in carrying out its enforcement.


All enforcement relating to TRO is undertaken by the Police. However, the Police have limited resources to enforce this type of restriction (especially environmental restrictions). Restrictions with "except for access" clauses quickly fall into disrepute and are notoriously difficult to enforce. However these can be needed to permit HGV access to local shops, businesses, residential properties for deliveries/removals etc. For this reason, enforcement commands a low priority and therefore, where possible, physical measures will be introduced to prevent any abuse of the restrictions - the installation of signs alone are wholly ineffective. Restrictions will not be used if there is no suitable alternative route for the displaced traffic.

Additional considerations

Where a Traffic Regulation Order restricts the use of a road, route or area to certain vehicles, the signing of a recommended alternative route will need to be considered.

How do I find out if there is a weight limit on my road?

For information about weight limits on roads (and bridges) in the borough please contact us using the contact details below or view the Traffic Regulation Orders Online.

Where can I see the TROs in Dudley?

View the Traffic Regulation Orders online. From these pages interactive mapping is available to show both:

  • Off-street car parks run by Dudley Council;
  • On-street parking, stopping and waiting restrictions.
  • Traffic Regulation Orders

Links to information such as car park tariffs and limited waiting restriction times are available. Please note that for off-street parking, only those car parks owned and managed by Dudley Council are available.

Trunk roads

The Trunk Road Network is the Motorways and other principal roads with the main purpose of providing long distance routes between the main urban, Industrial, seaports, airports, tourist regions and other major generators of long distance traffic. The online classified roads network listing has been issued as a guide to the classified route network within the borough of Dudley.

Report a problem with Weight limits

If you have any concerns regarding weight limits or would like to report a problem, then please contact us using the details below.

  • Traffic and Road Safety, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL

    Telephone 01384 814469

    Contact us - Traffic and road safety

  • Monday to Friday, 8.45 am to 5.00 pm, Please note that the offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays