Weight and dimensions of vehicles

The maximum permissible weights and dimensions of goods vehicles in the UK have traditionally been set out in the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986. Much European Union legislation in the form of directives has been incorporated into these regulations. Directive 85/3 set common weights and dimensions standards for vehicles used on international transport; Directive 96/53 superseded the earlier directive and applied the weights standards to domestic transport. Directive 96/53 weight limits were given legal effect on 1 January 1999 as part of the Road Vehicles (Authorised Weight) Regulations 1998 and not as a further amendment to the Construction and Use Regulations. As the Authorised Weight Regulations operate in parallel with the construction and use regulations, operators may choose to comply with one set of regulations or the other.

Information on the topics below is available to FTA members by clicking on any available links or by downloading the Weight and dimensions chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law

  • Vehicle weight
  • Vehicle dimensions

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