New Regulations came into force on 1 October 2017, these create a requirement for shippers and consignors to provide hauliers, prior to the vehicle leaving the depot, with a statement of weight to prevent them from carrying heavier loads than are legally permitted. The aim of this is to reassure hauliers that the container or swap body does not exceed the maximum legal weight capacity and clarifies legal responsibilities in the event of a roadside inspection.
The verified gross mass (VGM) for an import container under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) rules will be accepted as a shipper statement of weight. The shipper or consignor is free to decide what format the statement of weight will take.
A statement of weight is not needed for empty containers but operators should have robust processes in place to ensure that containers presented as empty are in fact empty.
Operators must ensure that they are able to provide the required shipper statement of weight to DVSA enforcement officers during a roadside check. Failure to do so may result in the vehicle being deemed non-complaint and subject to a prohibition until the statement is provided.
For more information or advice, please contact our regulatory team on 01254 828300.