Half of UK van drivers admit to overloading their vehicle

Almost half (48 per cent) of UK van drivers admitted that they overloaded their vans last year, according to a survey by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

This figure is despite 89 per cent of drivers claiming to know the legal weight restriction for their light commercial vehicle (LCV).

Overloading your vehicle by as much as 30 per cent of its gross vehicle weight could lead to a fine of up to £300

Anything above 30 per cent overloaded and offenders may even be issued with a court summons and a custodial sentence in the most serious cases.

The survey found that 66 per cent of young people (aged 18-24) had driven their van overloaded in the year, followed by 63 per cent of over 65 year olds.

Motorhome weight guide: Everything you need to know

NEED TO KNOW: In the UK, the maximum gross vehicle weight for an LCV is 3.5 tonnes (3,500kg), rising to 4.25 tonnes (4,250kg) for an alternatively-fuelled vehicle, such as an all-electric ID. Buzz†.

A DVSA spokesperson said: “DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

“It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure their vehicle is safe to drive.

“They should make sure they know the maximum permitted gross vehicle weight and limits on each axle of their vehicle.

“We take enforcement action against drivers and operators who risk people’s lives by overloading or not securely loading their vehicles.

“Our accessible online guidance provides everyone with the information they need to load their vehicle safely and avoid risking the lives of other road users.”

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1 comment

katey jane andrews November 10, 2023 at 9:26 am

You can see on youtube they have no idea about the weight of their vans lol.

I converted my motorhome so removed 190 kgs and added a bit back on, i run a full water load 60lt plus 14 2 lt drinks. and 150lb of wood for the stove and make sure the van is in balance, i try to run the water tank at 50% of longer trips, this helps settle its handling. without water and when its low on wood the van is too jumpy to drive. and when its too heavy there’s a yoring from front to back.

Can’t just throw weight anywhere, can’t throw loads of weight over the overhang. that’s really bad idea, it stresses the back end frame so that end i run no heavy weight. It is a fine balancing act so its less of a hooligan when driving. fun at times tho.


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