County Voice

County Voice 2019: Issue 4

Free Caravan and Motorhome Weight Checks

Residents in Denbighshire, or anybody passing through the county who own caravans or campervans are urged to take advantage of free weight checks and safety advice from Trading Standards – to make sure they stay on the right side of the law.

Why are we holding these weight check days?

The Council's Trading Standards department want to educate all road users about the risks of overloading. Overloading vehicles not only causes damage to roads and your vehicle but it also puts other road users at risk.

Our aim is not to catch people overloading their vehicle, we’d rather people didn’t do it in the first place.

Who is carrying out the weight checks?

Officers of Denbighshire Trading Standards will be on site to carry out the weight check and advise the owner accordingly. An officer from North Wales Police's Community Safety Team may attend to advise about caravan security. No other agencies will be present.

If I attend the weighbridge, what will it involve?

Pop along with your caravan or motorhome loaded as if you were going away on holiday and we will check the gross weight or train weight (car and touring caravan) and the axle weights. We want to make sure that you are not exceeding any of the plated weights of your vehicle.

What if I am Overloaded?

We will work with you to advise and reduce the load to an acceptable safe amount. There will be no enforcement action taken against you. We want to make sure you are legal and safe to travel on your journey and understand what weights you can carry safely.

Will I be provided with any documentation?

You will be handed a copy of the weighbridge certificate after being weighed, so you have a record of what your vehicle weighed and a reminder of what extra you may be able to load onto the vehicle.

Do I need to bring anything else with me?

Make sure that you have any hand books with you for your car/ motorhome or caravan, just in case we can’t identify the location of the weight plates. You can also bring your driver’s licence if you’re unsure about your eligibility and towing weight restrictions.

The free “Check Your Weight” sessions are being held at the Weighbridge on the A525 between Rhuddlan and St Asaph on the following dates and times.

  • Wednesday, 4 September (12pm - 4pm)
  • Friday, 20 September (9am - 1pm) 
  • Friday, 27 September (9am - 1pm)

You don’t need to make an appointment, you can simply pop along between the listed times on the dates mentioned and find out if your vehicle is within its legal weights. Whilst there you can chat about the security of your caravan/ motorhome with an officer from North Wales Police's Community Safety Team. 

The weighbridge can be found on the Rhuddlan to St Asaph A525 road, approximately ¾ of a mile from Rhuddlan, located in the layby.

There will be signs indicating the weighbridge is in operation.


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