Change the weight you can carry
You can apply to increase the maximum permitted weight your lorry can carry.
This is known as:
- ‘up-plating’ if no physical changes have been made to the design
- ‘uprating’ if the design has been modified
You’ll get a new plate to show the change in permitted weight.
You’ll have to pay a higher rate of vehicle tax if up-plating or uprating puts you in a higher vehicle tax band.
Downplating and downrating
You can also ‘downplate’ or ‘downrate’ your lorry. This reduces the maximum weight it can work at and will lower its rate of vehicle tax.
Your vehicle will be inspected by DVSA if it has been uprated or downrated before it’s issued with new plates at the new weights.
Up-plated and downplated lorries are not usually inspected, but downplated vehicles might have to pass an official weight test before DVSA issues a new plate.
Apply to replate your lorry
You must apply to DVLA using form V70 to re-licence the lorry once it’s replated. Send your new plating certificate VTG7 with your application.