A Buyers Guide to Gross Vehicle Weights and Payloads

20 May 2016, 3:17 pm

It is vital that any business running a van or fleet of vans knows the legal weight limit of their vehicle and how to manage it. Last year research showed that more than 50% of van drivers are overloading their vehicles, which can prove costly for businesses.

Understanding the weight of your vehicle can be a tricky process, here’s your helpful Anchor Vans guide to making sure you don’t overload your precious Anchor Van.

The two key elements to consider are vehicle payload and gross vehicle weight (GVW).

Vehicle payload – the weight the vehicle is designed to carry.

Gross vehicle weight (GVW) – also known as permissible maximum weight – this is the total weight allowance of the vehicle when loaded. GVW must include everything – the vehicle, load, driver, his lunchbox, fuel, his apprentice and anyone else he chooses to transport.

If you need advice on which GVW would work best for you, please contact Anchor Vans and we can run through all your options to find the right van for you.

Weight distribution is also important, ensure the load is distributed evenly to save overloading an axle.

If you are unsure of your GVW on your current van, you can find it listed on your V5. If you would like to know how much your vehicle weighs when fully laden you can take it to any public weighbridge, visit www.gov.uk/find-weighbridge for more info.

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