How do you know how much weight your vehicle can legally carry?
A Midlands region FMB member bought a new two-axle, rigid body 2400cc Ford Tipper transit in a ‘crew cab and chassis’ format to use as a general workhorse for his construction business.
He had the vehicle modified with the addition of an alloy tipper body, and from the information plate on the truck itself, assumed he could carry 1.25 tonnes.
Not long ago though, he was pulled over by the police and taken to a weighbridge, where his truck was subsequently found to be overloaded. He then had to send another vehicle to take off some of the load resulting in a loss of valuable work time for four tradesmen.
He realises now that the vehicle with its new body should have been weighed to establish it’s loading capability, this particular vehicle regularly carries up to five passengers, so their weight and the weight of any tools should also have been included.
With the new body and with a full compliment of passengers, this vehicle can carry less than a tonne – not even a pallet of bricks!
This particular member was cautioned and now awaits possible prosecution. If you are the driver of an overloaded vehicle, the owner of it, the user of it or if you have simply allowed the vehicle to be used and the plated weights are exceeded on the highway, you’ll be committing an offence.
So how do you know how much your vehicle can legally carry?