Weighbridges are used to determine the mass of a vehicle and weigh goods such as agricultural products or landscape materials over 3 tonnes. According to the National Measurement Institute (NMI) a weighbridge is used for trade when it is used, or made available for others to use, to buy or sell goods, to determine freight costs or other charges based on weight, or to determine a tax. Use of a weighbridge for trade is regulated by the National Measurement Act 1960 (‘the Act’) and the National Measurement Regulations 1999 and the National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009.
An owner of a weighbridge used for trade must comply with various requirements stipulated in the Act and the various regulations. For instance, they must obtain NMI approval and have the weighbridge verified by a servicing licensee before use and after any repair or adjustment. In addition, operators of the weighbridge must be properly trained and the weighbridge must be kept clean and in good working order. Sections 18DE and 18GE are important provisions of the Act as they outline offences constituted by use of measuring instruments such as weighbridges which give inaccurate measurements.
If you own a weighbridge or use a weighbridge in trade it is important to be aware of the legal requirements. Contact M+E for further information.