An understanding of the subject of vehicle weights is of great importance to operators and fleet managers because many other issues are related to weight. These include vehicle excise duty, driving licences, operator licensing, plating and testing, fuel consumption and speed limits.

Ultimately, the aim is to avoid overloading vehicles, in relation to axle, gross and train weights. Overloading is a common offence and can lead to the issue of prohibitions, fines and loss of the Operator’s Licence (O-licence).

Employers' Duties

Employers must:

  • procure and allocate vehicles that are adequate for the weights expected to be carried

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