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Aspenshaw

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On another forum, there is advice from VOSA on what motorhomers should do regarding van weights.

The explanation was given to VOSA that "...The common advice given is to take the motorhome to a public weighbridge, weigh the vehicle in ‘full touring trim’ [probably the heaviest it will ever be] and then weigh one of the axles. Submitting the weight of the one axle from the gross, gives the weight of the second axle. The motorhomer then takes action if the figures show an overload - either by ditching excess baggage or uprating the suspension or licence if possible..." 


VOSA were asked "what steps motorhomers should take to comply [on weight] and your attitude to compliance." 

The Technical Officer's response was, 

"Our advice would be the same as you have received in that the vehicle should be weighed with a full tank of fuel full tank of water and all that you would normally carry but we would recommend that a tolerance is used to allow for the items you may pick up on route the different foods you may carry etc.  

If stopped by any enforcement agency consideration would be taken especially if you have a recent weigh bridge ticket that shows you have done everything to comply. We are aware of the variations between weigh bridges but we will not tolerate people that have checked the weight but continued even though the weight was clearly over the maximum permitted weight for that vehicle." 

The poster says he did not mention water tanks specifically to VOSA so if you have a 20l cut off in your tanks - modern Hymers do as do some other makes - it may be OK to allow  for, and not exceed, 20l of water instead of full tanks.

There is a second part to the thread about what might happen if you are pulled over and weighed. This includes a comment from the Guide to Penalties ... "An element of discretion will be required by the Examiner in certain circumstances, but this will be exercised in a proportionate and fair manner. Decisions will be proportional to the risks to individuals and to the wider public and to the seriousness of any breach."

As a rough guide, it seems if the examiner considers your van to be overloaded through ignorance, you might get away with a prohibition [not allowed to move until the overweight is resolved] and a leaflet rather than a fine unless the overweight is more than 5% or more than 1 ton, expect a fine and possible penalty points. 

There are other issues about driving an overweight van such as the increased potential for crashes, loss of insurance cover for your vehicle, and the emotional turmoil if caught or worse.

Of course, rules in the rest of Europe will be different.

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https://www.gov.uk/find-weighbridge   Want to check find your nearest waybridge
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If anyone requires a weighbridge in the Chesterfield area I recommend SCA Hygeine, S402PH. Very helpful, plenty of room with no debris about. And the price is very reasonable.
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Aspenshaw

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Good idea, whiskers to publicise weighbridges. I have used and can recommend Axtec, Pico Farm Road, Runcorn [close to the M56]. Use axle plates to give a weight per axle. Enough room for a motorhome but the site is small. I have also used and can recommend ME Waterhouse Ltd [HJ Lea Oakes] at Station Mills, Malpas, Cheshire. Single plate weighbridge used for feed lorries but plenty of room.
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Being accurate to within 5% seems a bit harsh. The general ruling has traditionally been 10% before the pain begins. But one cannot argue with the logic, especially now that many owners have motorhomes fitted with air suspension which obviously hides excess weight.

In case anyone is wondering why so many roadside weighbridges have fallen into ruin, law enforcement officers now use a roll-up mat about the size of a seat cushion. Very easy to check the weight once it is unrolled and one wheel is driven on to it. Probably made in China...and accurate to within 5%...?
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marli+2

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Another useful and free weighbridge, less than five minutes off the M62 near Leeds is the one at West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service
Nepshaw Lane South
Gildersome
Morley
LS27 7JQ
Tel (0113) 2530241

It is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week though if you want a printout you have to book a time and pay.
Gives total weight and axle weights via screen on wall, which you could take a picture of.

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If the bridge is dirty it makes no difference it always starts at zero
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You could always say the wife put on extra weight over easter eating the chocolate eggs,worth a try.
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Originally Posted by marli+2
Gives total weight and axle weights via screen on wall, which you could take a picture of.


But don't forget to be standing on the bridge when you take the picture because you need to be included
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