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.