Portable weighpads have been tried, tested, and approved for lorry weighing. This article reports on how Vehicle Inspectorate (VI) road transport enforcement teams are using them on British roads in an attempt to find overloaded lorries and catch their operators. In February 2000, the VI Wessex Area team conducted its first check with portable weighpads, in a lay-by on the A3 trunk road. It will be using pads at three surveyed sites, which have been checked for level and have enough space to weigh any lorry up to a 16.5m long articulated vehicle. The A3 site was chosen because it is a main route for many vehicles, and is used by much ferry port traffic. Although the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has questioned the accuracy of weighpads, tests by operators show that their weight measurements agree with those made by weighbridges. The VI only recently distributed pads to its enforcement teams, but Trading Standards has already been using them on roadside checks. The Swedish-made Haenn pads weight 15-20kg, powered by a small electric generator at the roadside, and linked to a computer and printer. The article outlines the six-step weighing procedure, where axles are weighed individually, and the gross lorry weight is calculated by summing these weights.

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  • Publication Date: 2000-3


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  • Pagination: p. 12
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    • Volume: 191
    • Issue Number: 4864
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-3063

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  • Accession Number: 00793744
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 15 2000 12:00AM