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Contact your council for a ‘certificate of competence’ to operate a chargeable weighbridge.

It’s illegal to operate a chargeable weighbridge without a certificate of competence.


You must:

  • carry out weighing on demand (unless you have a good reason not to)
  • carry out the weighing fairly
  • provide a written statement of the weight to the person requiring the weighing

You must keep a record of each weighing for 2 years, including:

  • the date and time of the weighing
  • the name and address of the person making the request
  • details to identify the vehicle (eg registration number)
  • the type of load on the vehicle

How to apply

Contact the council where your weighbridge is based to apply for a certificate of competence.

Your application must include:

  • your name
  • the address of the weighbridge
  • the type of weighbridge you’ll be using

You’ll then be tested to make sure you can use a weighbridge competently and honestly.

There’ll usually be a charge, depending on the council.

Fines and penalties

You could be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for 6 months if you operate a weighbridge without a certificate of competence or don’t follow any of the restrictions.