Road Traffic Act - vehicle overloading

Information about how the Road Traffic Act relates to vehicle weighing can be found here.

Whilst not strictly a matter for a certificated weighbridge operator we would expect an operator to have a basic knowledge of vehicle weights. If, having weighed a vehicle, a weighbridge operator suspects the weights to be in excess of

that permitted for the vehicle on the highway they should draw the driver’s attention to the weight record. Further, the ticket should be marked ‘vehicle possibly overloaded’.

A weighbridge operator does not have authority to:

  • Withhold the weighbridge ticket.
  • Prevent the vehicle leaving.