Operating vehicles overloaded is a pervasive compliance issue in the commercial road transport industry that goes underappreciated by fleet operators, according to Russell Ledger, Commercial Manager at specialist on-vehicle weighing systems provider Red Forge.
When talking on this subject with Fleet Manager magazine, Russell said: “The health and safety risks of operating a commercial vehicle while it is overloaded are without doubt underappreciated by drivers and fleet companies. However, the feedback we are receiving more often nowadays is that operators are in fact becoming more aware of the issue and are attempting to make the change due to the punitive measures handed out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for those found guilty.”
Overloading is covered under the Law, within the Road Traffic Act, Health & Safety at Work Act and The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) regulations.
The road transport industry is very tightly controlled by rules and regulations meaning that training is often necessary. However this training/advice can often be in conflict with what is best practice in order to comply with the law.