Weight Offences

Weight Offences

If you are being prosecuted for an offence using a vehicle which is overweight you will be worried as a professional driver as to whether this will have an impact on your ability to continue working.

Speak to one of our specialist solicitors who will be able to put your mind at rest. Initial telephone advice is free.


Will I get fixed penalty due to my vehicle being overweight?

VOSA will normally impose a fixed penalty for a first relatively minor
overloading offence.

5-10% overloaded – £60 10-15% overloaded £120

15-30% overloaded £200

More than 30% overload will result in court proceedings and the penalty
increases to a level 5 fine which is unlimited.

If my vehicle is overweight is there any other offence I could be charged with?
You should be aware that you could be charged with the more serious offence of using a vehicle in a dangerous condition under S40A(d) the weight, position or distribution of its load, or the manner in which it is secured, (is such that the use of the motor vehicle or trailer involves a danger of injury to any person.)

The maximum penalty that could be imposed under this section is a level 5 fine which is unlimited, a disqualification from driving and 3 points if no disqualification is imposed.

Could I be disqualified?
The court does have the discretion to disqualify you and must disqualify you if the offence was committed within three years of a previous offence for a period of 6 months.

However, if you can prove that you did not know or had no reasonable cause to suspect that the use of the vehicle involved a danger of injury to any person you may avoid a disqualification.

This may be difficult to establish particularly if an accident has been caused.

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