How to Weigh a Business Van
Vans are one of the most common commercial vehicles on our roads today. Almost every business uses a van for commercial duties in one way or another.
Shockingly, a 2014/15 study by the DVSA which stopped 10,800 commercial vans for roadside vehicle weight checks highlighted 89% of those vehicles to be illegally overloaded. This indicates that 89% of commercial vans could be driving uninsured (voided when overloaded) and unsafely (unknowingly increased stopping distances and decreased handling).
It’s imperative that businesses check the weight of their commercial vans regularly, to ensure that they are compliant. Compliance will mean that hefty fines for the business are avoided, as well as avoiding causing a serious accident (for which you may be uninsured).
Vehicle Weighing Solutions
Whilst you can, legally, drive to a local weighbridge (be it private or public) and pay to have your vehicle weighed for compliance, this is a long-winded and expensive way of operating. Should your vehicle be weighed and deemed overloaded it should be driven anywhere – a secondary vehicle must come to remove the load from the vehicle or the primary vehicle can leave it behind.
Many people believe that a weighbridge is the only method to weigh a large vehicle, but axle weigh pads allow you to do exactly the same thing, on a smaller, more cost effective and portable scale.
Axle weigh pads make it very simple and fast to weigh a vehicle for compliance, they take up the minimum of space and they can be carried in the van if repeated weighing throughout the journey is needed.
Axle pads are small, individual pads which sit under each wheel and weigh the total weight of the vehicle. They often come in pairs and they are used by the DVSA (VOSA) and police when pulling over vehicles to check vehicle compliance.
How do you know the limit of your van? The axle weight limits are listed on the manufacturer’s plate which lists everything important about your vehicle, including the overall weight limit of the vehicle and the maximum individual axle weights. This plate will tell you the legal limit of each axle, as well as the overall limit of the vehicle.