From Vale of Glamorgan Council


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.

The issuing authority for this licence is Vale of Glamorgan Council (change location)

You can contact them using the details below.

Civic Offices
Holton Road

CF63 4RU