Driver is stopped with dangerous metal load that made his van longer than a BUS

Caught by the long arm of the law! Driver is stopped with dangerous metal load that made his van longer than a BUS (and he tried to make it safe by tying hi-viz jacket to one end)

  • West Yorkshire Police officers were baffled at the sight of the huge metal load 
  • They stopped the vehicle in Elland, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, last night
  • Driver comically attached a ‘hi-vis’ jacket to the heavy load to warn motorists

A van driver was stopped by police after transporting a ‘dangerous load’ of huge metal – that made his vehicle as longer than a bus. 

Police thought their ‘eyes were deceiving them’ when they saw the truck carrying the long metal frame in Elland, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, last night.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police stopped the vehicle after noticing its cargo made it ‘longer than as a bus’.

A spokesman for the force said the driver comically attached a ‘hi-vis’ jacket to the end of the heavy load to warn other motorists about how far it extended.

West Yorkshire Police officers thought their 'eyes were deceiving them' when they saw the truck carrying the long metal frame in Elland, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, last night

West Yorkshire Police officers thought their ‘eyes were deceiving them’ when they saw the truck carrying the long metal frame in Elland, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, last night

The spokesman said: ‘Whilst patrolling Elland this evening, PC Burn and PCSO Wardman sighted the below vehicle and thought their eyes were deceiving them.

‘Unsurprisingly the driver was stopped and dealt with for having a dangerous load.

‘If the load you want to transport is twice as long as your van and maybe even touch longer than a bus, it’s perhaps a wise idea to find a different way of transporting it.

‘The driver learned this lesson the hard way.’

Social media users joked it looked like the driver was ‘trying to steal a bridge’.

One wrote: ‘A bridge was stolen in Elland tonight. West Yorkshire Police – Calderdale Valleys are offering support to anyone trying to cross the Calder.’

Another quipped: ‘I’m going to give this guy 9 out of 10 for trying and I’m actually going to give him one out of 10 for putting the Hi Viz around the back so his total score is actually 10 out of 10.’

However one felt the driver had been hard done by the long arm of the law, saying the van’s load would not be a danger to other motorists.

They said: ‘That’s not dangerous he’s got a hi viz attached, other road users would see that from miles away, buses are longer and more dangerous they are so high they could kill lowing flying birds or even drunk airplane pilots’

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