The Humber Bridge Board has released a list of vehicles that are regarded as vulnerable or high-sided and are prohibited from crossing the bridge in high winds.
The Board is publishing this list as, unfortunately, even when the bridge is closed to high-sided vehicles, a number of drivers choose to ignore the warning and guidance and continue their journey, putting themselves and other users at risk.
According to Humber Bridge Chief Executive, Dr Kevin Moore, “Some people will cross because they do not realise they are driving a high-sided vehicle.”
Dr Moore said: “We understand there is some confusion around exactly what constitutes a high-sided vehicle. As a result, we have consulted with agencies such as the Road Haulage Association and Humberside Police to compile a list which will help people understand which vehicles are unsafe to cross in high winds.
“The list can be found on our website, and we will also be handing out information at the toll booths. People can also find out the details on our social media channels.”
Dr Moore added: ”Unfortunately, it appears that some drivers are fully aware that they are not supposed to cross during windy conditions but deliberately flout the rules, putting themselves and others at risk.”
The vehicles that should not cross the Humber Bridge in high winds are:
• High-sided rigid or articulated HGVs*
• Articulated tippers*
• Rigid tippers*
• Car transporters
• Abnormal loads
• Double-decker buses
• Furniture vans
• Luton vans
• Transit van-style vehicles with modifications
• Vehicles with trailers or caravans
• Motorcycles and mopeds
*Regardless of whether empty or full
The Humber Bridge Board is also advising drivers who have roofboxes to make sure that they are properly fastened to their cars before crossing the bridge.