A Weighbridge is a large weighing machine, set into the ground, which enables the weight of a vehicle to be ascertained. A Public Weighbridge is one that is available to members of the public; a fee may be charged for its use.
Should you have a weighbridge at your disposal and wish to operate it as a Public Weighbridge you need to contact your local Trading Standards Department in order to obtain the required certificate. The certificate would be granted subject to paying the certification fee and passing a competence exam. Operating a public weighbridge without the certificate would constitute an offence under the Weights and Measures act 1985.
You must have sufficient knowledge for the proper performance of your duties.
Application forms can be obtained by contacting us using the details below:
Please note: It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact them using the details below.
The current fee for licence applications is £58.45 as recommended by the Local authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory services (LACORS).
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance. You may appeal to the National Measurement Office if your application is refused.
Complaints / objections
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
Wales Heads Of Trading Standards (WHoTS) have provided a public document listing all public weighbridges in Wales. To see list click here (link to be added)
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Tel: 01443 425777
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