Lorry drivers could get road ban for crashing into railway bridges

Negligent HGV drivers face being banned from the road because of concerns over the chaos caused by lorries hitting low railway bridges.

Licences could be revoked and HGV operators served with six-figure bills as part of a plan to cut the number of hugely disruptive bridge strikes.

Figures published by Network Rail show that 1,624 bridges were hit by vehicles — usually HGVs or buses — in the year to the end of March.

This was more than four a day on average, despite a sharp drop in traffic during the period because of the pandemic.

Many incidents have been attributed to drivers following basic sat-navs on unfamiliar roads without paying attention to bridge height restrictions.

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