THE ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 1988
The Road Traffic Act 1988 requires “vehicle users” to ensure that
vehicles are not overloaded. If a vehicle is found to be overloaded both
the driver and operator could be prosecuted or cautioned. Legislation
imposes fines of up to £5,000 for each offence. That’s each overloaded
axle plus any overloading on the total weight. Also, if a vehicle is
dangerously overloaded the driver could face a charge of Dangerous
Driving which carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison.
If a vehicle is overloaded and results in someone being
killed, both you and your employer could face going to jail for
Manslaughter or Death by Dangerous Driving.