Overloading Vehicles: The Types of Weighing Solutions

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The Types of Weighing Solutions

For businesses transporting goods, understanding the loaded weight of a vehicle is extremely important. Knowing the weight of the load ensures the safe operation of the vehicle, minimises the risk of fines for overloading and allows companies to maximise on the payload.

There are two ways to determine the payload weight of a vehicle: 1) in-ground scales and 2) on-board weighing systems. Whilst in-ground scales are the more traditional option, more and more businesses are opting for on-board overload warning systems with the benefit of providing continuous axle load status for safe & legal operation.

Here are the main types of vehicle weighing solutions available:


Mounted on a concrete foundation, a weighbridge is an in-ground scale system used to weigh the entire vehicle and its consignment. To calculate the load weight the vehicle is weighed before and then once the load is added.

This type of weighing solution is typically used for large industrial vehicles such as articulated lorries and can vary in design from pit to surface-mounted variants. The type of weighbridge used depends on preference and intended use.

Axle overload Indicator system

Axle weighing systems are used to measure the weight imposed on each axle of the air or spring suspension. The system informs the operator of the load as a percentage of the pre-set maximum load capacity. When the maximum is approached and at the overload point an alarm will sound to further inform the operator of load status.

Poorly balanced axle weight can cause damage to the vehicles and may also cause safety issues. Additionally, vehicles which exceed the maximum weight limits of their axles are at risk of incurring financial penalties. By fixing axle indicator systems to vehicles, you can increase vehicle efficiency, promote best operator practice and decrease vehicle downtime from service and repair.

RDS MME is the world’s largest distributer of RDS on-board weighing products. With over 75 years of industry experience we can work with you to improve accuracy and efficiency within your business. For more information on vehicle weighing solutions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.