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Old 23 November 2013, 17:02   #81
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Am I right tho that it's not its actual weight but plated weight or if stopped by vosa etc they would weigh me n if over 3500kg I'd be fined
It is, but if it has no plate, I suspect all they can go on is the actual weight.
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So if it was 750kg but u had it overloaded and they weighed you can they do anything
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So if it was 750kg but u had it overloaded and they weighed you can they do anything
Yep, prosecute you for having an overweight trailer.
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So if it was 750kg but u had it overloaded and they weighed you can they do anything

Yes, at the very least they would not let you proceed any further until you had reduced the weight within the limit (been there done that) even if it means leaving your stuff at the side of the road, then you would be looking at a fairly large fine.
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Well will defo be going for test after crimbo
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And to be clear if the courts thought you'd downplated to make it look legal and then overloaded they would throw the book at you. I'd expect more so than if you were towing 1200kg on a trailer plated at 1200kg.

If you weren't over the 750kg but had a plate for 1200kg and they prosecuted you for it, at least you stand a hope that the magistrate will be lenient on you because they will agree that the rules are too complex for a mere mortal to understand and you didn't actually pose a risk to road users because you didn't exceed the limit.
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Just not worth the risk even if it is a bloody hassle
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I think more than anything its wise to do the test for the simple fact that, you'll never argue with a cop or a VOSA guy at the side of the road, and some of them wont be fully up to speed on the regs either I wouldnt mind betting.
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Plated weight and actual weight both matter at a vosa checkpoint. We check the plates are all in order and within each others limits. Then we check the plated weights are within the scope of the driving licence held by the driver and finally you get your axles weighed to ensure you are within the plated weights and also not exceeding your axles weights. If the police stop you they can call us to come and weigh you at the roadside if they think you are overweight. Most traffic officers are getting courses at present to bring them fully up to speed on the law regarding trailers.

Any infringements on these can incur a minimum of a fine and the penalities increase to points and a fine and then to prosecution.

A point to remeber regarding offences involving driving outwith your licence, the offence means you don't have valid insurance and that offence carries 6 points and a large fine.
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If the police stop you they can call us to come and weigh you at the roadside if they think you are overweight. Most traffic officers are getting courses at present to bring them fully up to speed on the law regarding trailers.
So my suspicion is correct

I wonder how many people have had convictions due to incorrect enforcement and an individuals usual aquiecence at the roadside, in the face of the never ending beurocracy and confusion over these relentless changes in road traffic law
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