Contractors using heavy equipment on roads will be fined

Jamie Bennett
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It could soon be a costly decision to unload tractors or excavators on the paved roads in Deer Lake.

Town council brought in a policy three years ago restricting contractors from offloading and loading excavators on pavement.

Now, council has amended the policy and will levy a $500 fine to anyone caught offloading or operating the heavy machinery on the town’s paved streets without approval.

The issue was discussed at Monday’s regular council meeting in Deer Lake, where it was decided council would send out a letter to all local contractors indicating the levy and warning that damage to roads would be at their own expense.

Coun. Elmo Bingle said tractors and excavators have been regularly seen on paved roads this year and council is worried about the cost to Deer Lake residents to fix any damage associated with the heavy vehicles.

“Over time it will damage the road,” Bingle said, noting machines with rubber tracks are not as destructive.

“When it’s got steel or iron tracks then it does damage to the pavement and it needs to be addressed.”

He said in some cases operators have no choice but to use the roads and the levy is intended to punish avoidable, unauthorized usage.

“If they’re doing contract work for the town and there’s no other way of doing it, then it’s a little different,” he said.

“But if you’re just offloading and travelling along the road to dig out a basement for somebody, then that has to stop.”

Organizations: Deer Lake.Town council

Geographic location: Deer Lake

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  • Jack
    June 16, 2014 - 06:29

    With a once "business friendly" town like Deer Lake making up one foolish law after another, the heavy equipment offloading ban will make home and business construction work much harder. These new foolish laws are going to have major consequences on the town such as an inability to build much needed sewer or water infrastructure, which requires excavators to cross the road, or even build new roads and buildings. Deer Lake, if you want the town to grow, if you want much needed water, sewer, road, and building infrastructure, and if you the town to be competitive with Corner Brook, Pasadena, and other Humber Valley region towns and cities, you town council has to stop making up anti-business and Greek Like bylaws. Otherwise, Deer Lake will end up like Corner Brook where too much red tape and silly bylaws will make the town their own worse enemy. In short, no more bylaws that hurt construction projects and no more bans on off road vehicles. Besides, Deer Lake is supposed to be the leader for Western Newfoundland, not a follower.