These days, it is pretty common to see commercial vehicles, especially trucks being pulled to get their weight limits checked either by the DVSA or the traffic police. If you’re all set to break the rules of the road and commit illegal tasks like not abiding by the maximum permissible weight to be carried onboard, you will be subject to hefty fines or even worse, you could meet with a fatal accident due to the damage that overloading causes to a vehicle.
With the invention of the onboard truck scales, it has become easier to check your truck load before starting for the journey but despite knowing about these devices, how many truck drivers take such precautionary steps? Here is a guide to help you stay on the right side of the law. Check them out.
Overloaded vehicle – What are the immediate impacts?
Besides being subject to obvious fines, you will also be liable for causing danger to the truck that you’re driving, to the co-passengers, to the pedestrians and to other passengers. Here are few other impacts:
- You lose your insurance coverage: In case your vehicle is overloaded, this is termed as illegal. If you overload your vehicle and meet with an accident, you will lose your insurance coverage since you’ve done something illegal.
- Wear and tear of vehicles: When you drive an overloaded truck, this leads to wear and tear and henceforth the cost of repairing and maintaining your vehicle also increases.
- Increased breaking distance: When you have too much of load on your truck, this will increase the stopping distance as it was without any load. Hence, there will be raised chances of a collision.
- Difficulty in steering: Too much of load will make the vehicle lose its stability and hence make it behave in an unusual way. Hence steering for the driver will be tough and this will cause more accidents to occur.
- More fuel consumption: The heavier will be your load, the higher will be the consumption of fuel and here too you have to pay an increased amount.
How are you supposed to find the weight limit of vehicles?
You have to either look for manufacturers or you have to get in touch with the Department of Transport plate which is usually situated beneath the bonnet or on the cab or the trailers chassis. This will give you a GVW or a gross vehicle weight stamp where the maximum permissible weight is mentioned. However, you have to remember that the gross vehicle weight is the maximum operating weight limit. This will also include body engine, vehicle chassis, fluids within the engine, fuel and everything else. But this will exclude trailer weight as this will fall under GTW or Gross Train Weight.
Therefore, when you are all set to move out with your truck or any other vehicle, make sure you never overload it as that will lead to harsh consequences.