Operating goods vehicles is rarely a 9 to 5 job.
Overnight deliveries are very much part of the job and in some industries essential and some parts of the economy would shut down if it were not for night time deliveries.
Some in the industry though believe that enforcement only takes place during the hours of daylight and that operating at night keeps them safe from prosecution.
We know though that is far from the truth.
We were chatting to a white van man the other day who told us a tale of being stopped with an overload. One of the enormous number of vans which the statistics tell us are overloaded on the roads every day.
This guy was delivering sundries to takeaway restaurants and does so when their customers are open which of course is during the evening. He was incredulous that the weighbridge site was open so late, as was his boss.
His boss was also incredulous about the amount of product that had to be removed to get the vehicle legal. Almost 50% of the goods on the vehicle according to the driver.
Even allowing for a little exaggeration, it seems that the van was seriously overloaded.
In a competitive market, letting a customer down can be disastrous.
|Axtec OnBoard protecting vans from overloads.|
With a van check weighed at a location more than an hour from base, a driver now missing deliveries due to the hold up plus having to find another van and driver to take the excess load, the cost of sorting the problem out was enormous.
For many van operators overloading is accidental. For those trying to remain legal but who might make an honest mistake, a system like the Axtec OnBoard Load Indicator would help solve that problem.
However, given the amount of weight removed from the vehicle described above it’s hard not to conclude that the overloading was deliberate and probably a regular occurrence. And maybe the company thought that operating at night would be safe with little chance of getting stopped.
Just like some transport operators though, the enforcement authorities also work anti social hours and the risk of getting caught late at night very much exists.