Companies use personal (privately owned, operated, and accessible) weighbridges for a variety of reasons:
- Chain of Responsibility compliance
- Vehicle safety assurances (avoiding overloading a vehicle)
- Transportation efficiencies
- Accurate load readings for trade operations (payload optimisation)
But there are circumstances where a weighbridge might not be the most feasible option for a business at any given time, such as for start-up companies or companies that don’t require constant vehicle weighing but still require to remain compliant with legislative requirements.
These requirements and adherence to legislation are not unique to heavy goods vehicles and other truck configurations, however – they also apply to smaller commercial or personal vehicles that can be loaded or contain a payload: vans and couriers, cars with trailers, caravans, and towed vehicles such as boats. The use of a weighbridge – in this case, a publicly accessible weighbridge – is encouraged to ensure that these vehicles and vehicle configurations are not overloading the axles which, if they are, poses a safety risk to not only the driver but other road users, as well as to the roads themselves.
These public weighbridges are important parts of Australia’s infrastructure, and this was a project for Queensland’s.