What Is Gross Plated Weight?

What Is Gross Plated Weight?

Every vehicle and trailer has a gross plated weight, there should be a plate somewhere on the chassis that has the gross plated weight listed on it. It will also be listed in the vehicles log book.

The gross plated weight refers to the maximum weight that the vehicle can have at any one time, including payload.

For example, a vehicle with a gross plated weight of 7.5 tonnes may weigh (when empty) 4.5 tonnes, this means it can carry a maximum payload of 3 tonnes. If the payload is 3.1 tonnes then the total weight of the vehicle will be 7.6 tonnes which is more than the gross plated weight, the vehicle is overloaded and should not be driven.

It should be noted that in any weight calculation, the vehcile or trailer is always counted at the full value of its Gross Plated Weight, even if it is unladen. This is particularly important if using a trailer with a Gross plated Weight of more than 1020Kg.

Why are Gross Plated Weights So Important?

The components of a vehicle such as the steering, suspension, axels and brakes are designed to work within certain parameters. One of these parameters is the weight of the vehicle. If the weight parameter is exceeded, the vehicle might not be able to brake, steer or manoeuvre properly which could be dangerous to other road users. The gross plated weight is the maximum weight that the manufactures have designed the vehicle to safely operate under.

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