Vehicles are weighed without passengers or driver. If this is not possible or if the personnel refuse to leave the vehicle, a note is be made to this effect with details of the number of persons on the vehicle. This note is made on the ticket and on any other record.
Where practical, the Weighbridge Operator will check the load for himself and if this is not possible, the ticket will indicate the load as stated by the driver.
The Operator always checks any vehicle registration number for himself rather than relying on the driver.
The Weighbridge Operator ensures a clear view of the plate and ensures the vehicle being weighed is positioned on the plate.
It is illegal to undertake a double weighing where that weighing will be used for a trade transaction. e.g. a load of hay for sale elsewhere.
Drivers sometimes require a weighing to ensure they are not overloaded on individual axles. It is permissible to undertake weighings of individual axles but the ticket and records will clearly indicate what type of weighing was carried out and which axles were weighed. The ticket will be endorsed – “Weights found are not for trade purposes”.