Dangers of Overloading Vehicles

If your vehicle is overloaded, it not only causes damage to the roads and to your vehicle but it also puts you and other road users at risk. Vehicles react differently when the maximum weights which they are designed to carry are exceeded and the consequences can be fatal. Overloading puts a massive strain on the suspension and tyres and makes the vehicle less stable, difficult to steer and take longer to stop. It is also illegal. Random checks are being performed throughout the UK by VOSA and the Police to enforce overloading regulations.

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Who is responsible for my vehicle load?

Ensuring the vehicle is not overloaded is the moral and legal responsibility of you and your employer. In addition to this, if anyone else causes or permits an overloaded vehicle they may also be charged with committing an offence. All companies have a ‘duty of care’ under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1999 for the safety of employees at work. This means that an employer must do all it can to ensure the safety of its driver, including having policies in place to ensure that their vehicles are not overloaded. The Road Traffic Act 1988 requires “vehicle users” to ensure that vehicles are not overloaded. If a vehicle is found to be overloaded both the driver and operator could be prosecuted or cautioned. The legislation imposes fines of up to £5,000 for each offence. That’s each overloaded axle plus any overloading on the total weight. Also, if a vehicle is dangerously overloaded the driver could face a charge of Dangerous Driving which carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison. Other offences within the Road Traffic Act include refusal to allow the vehicle to be weighed and obstruction of an officer which also carry a maximum fine of £5,000. If a vehicle is overloaded and results in someone being killed, both you and your employer could face going to jail for Manslaughter or Death by Dangerous Driving.

What will happen if my vehicle is found to be overloaded?

If your vehicle is found to be overloaded by an enforcement officer it can result in a prohibition notice which will prevent you from continuing your journey until the weight is corrected. This may mean the goods being unloaded to bring the weight down or being redistributed (in axle overload cases). You will then be issued with a ‘removal of prohibition notice’ to continue your journey. You may alternatively be issued with a ‘direction to drive notice’ which allows you to drive to a specified place to off-load.

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Vans have the highest prohibition rate of overloaded vehicles with just over one in five vehicles weighed by VOSA between April 2002 and March 2003 being prohibited.

To ensure that your vehicle is not overloaded you should:

• Know the weight and weight limits of your vehicle. Maximum permitted axle weight and Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) can be found in your driver handbook or sometimes on a plate located by the bulk head or by the driver or passenger door;

• Be careful not to mix up the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) with the Gross Train Weight (GTW). The GVW is the maximum permitted weight of the vehicle (plus any load it is carrying), while the GTW is the maximum permitted weight of the vehicle plus any trailer being towed (plus any load being carried in the vehicle and trailer);

• Remember that the GVW includes the weight of the vehicle, driver, load and any passengers. Also allow for the weights of any pallets or packing cases and anything on a roof rack;

• Ensure the load is distributed evenly. After any drop-offs, re-check the distribution of the remaining load;

• Ensure the GVW is checked before setting out using an in-house or public weigh-bridge. While public weighbridges can be used to obtain accurate gross weights, in some cases the approach and exit paths are not sufficiently flat or level to give accurate results for axle weight, which should if possible be checked using an in-house weighbridge;

• Never automatically trust declared weights, invoices or delivery notes given to you by customers. Remember that you and your employer hold the responsibility for not overloading, not the customer.

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Inter-City Couriers in Hinckley specialise in rapid response, direct deliveries throughout the UK and Europe. Since we began trading in 2003 we have run our business according to the highest principles of courier service, reliability and trust, building a large portfolio of customers who know that Inter-City Couriers is a name they can rely upon.

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Same day courier service conveniently situated in Leicester, in the heart of the Midlands, giving us easy access to the M1 and M6 corridors and we are also a member of a national courier network allowing us to collect and deliver from any point of the UK or Europe at a moments notice.

Your consignment will be collected within 1 hour of booking confirmation (circumstances permitting). Your parcel delivery is important to us. We understand the necessity to get your delivery completed the SAME DAY and on time. We will keep you up to speed with your consignments journey as part of our service.

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All of our courier services have extensive insurance cover for all of our vans & drivers to ensure that your cargo is protected in the unlikely event of an accident. 

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We have been delivering parcels and other obscure items from medical equipment to lamp posts for over 10 years and we have built up a reputation for reliability



We always aim to deliver your goods to their destination safely and on time whether it's on the same day or next day service.





Your consignment will be collected within 1 hour of booking confirmation (circumstances permitting)

Your cargo is important to us. We are extremely reliable and offer sameday delivery and make sure those time critical packages arrive on time every time. We will keep you up to speed with your consignment's journey as part of our service.

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All of our vans will be fully dedicated to your job. We charge by the vehicle, not weight so you can fill to capacity at no extra cost. All vans are equipped with sat-nav, driven by experienced, polite drivers and most importantly all consignments are fully insured for damage in transit to the value of £10,000. (Higher value cover available by request). For more information on any of our vehicles or to discuss your needs…

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Small Van

We have a fleet of small vans such as Citroen Berlingo, Transit Connect, Peugeot Partner & Vauxhall Combo

  • Max load weight: 400kg
  • Full size pallets:1
  • Rear door height: 1.1m
  • Rear door width: 1.2m
  • Load floor length: 1.6m
  • Width between wheel arches: 1.1m
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Long Wheel Base Van

This van type is typicall a Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter or Renault Master

  • Max load weight: 1100kg
  • Full size pallets:4
  • Rear door height: 1.7m
  • Rear door width: 1.6m
  • Load floor length: 4.2m
  • Width between wheel arches: 1.25m
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Curtain Sided Luton

We have Luton vans available with a tail lift

  • Max load weight: 1100kg
  • Full size pallets:6
  • Rear door height: 2.1m
  • Rear door width: 2.0m
  • Load floor length: 4.0m
  • Width between wheel arches: 2.0m
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7.5 Tonne Lorry

The 7.5 Tonne Lorries can are either box or curtain sided deping on your requirements.

  • Max load weight: 2850kg
  • Full size pallets:10
  • Rear door height: 2.3m
  • Rear door width: 5.8m
  • Load floor length: 5.8m
  • Width between wheel arches: 2.2m

If you are unsure what van you will need… don’t worry! Just get in touch and our experienced sales staff will be able to help you choose the right van and organise when and where we need to be to meet your deadline. We pride ourselves on our reliable and friendly service and we’re happy to go that extra mile.

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We have just added a brand new ’68’ plate Citroen Berlingo to our fleet of vans. This van is ULEZ compliant, fitted with the new generation ultra low emission 1.6 HDi

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