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Weighbridge operator certificate

Who needs a certificate

Operators of public weighbridges have responsibilities to make sure that they can carry out their duties competently and honestly.

Under the Weights and Measures Act no one may operate a public weighbridge unless they hold a certificate from a Chief Inspector of Weights and Measures that he has sufficient knowledge for the proper performance of his duties.

It is an offence to operate or cause or permit any other person to operate a public weighbridge without valid a certificate.

How much it costs

The application, assessment and certificate are free.

How to apply

Complete the application form, available to download below -

Our guidance for public weighbridge operators is available to download below -

We need to make sure that the person to be assessed is prepared and can operate the weighbridge(s) they will be operating, so -

  • the person who is to be assessed on the operation of the weighbridge must declare that they have read and understood the guidance notes we have provided
  • the above person’s supervisor must declare that the above person is fully conversant with the system of recording weight and the equipment supplied by us for public weighing operations

What happens after applying

Once we have received your application form and checked that it has been completed correctly we will contact you to arrange for a trading standards officer to visit and assess you.

A decision will usually be made at the time of the assessment visit and if successful a certificate will then be posted to you.

Assessment for a certificate

It is important that the person to be assessed has been given the right training to operate the weighbridge you use.

A trading standards officer will visit you and test what you know by asking you questions and watching you use the weighbridge. You will need to show that you -

  • can operate the weighbridge satisfactorily
  • can complete any weighbridge tickets and related documents satisfactorily
  • understand basic terms used in operating a weighbridge
  • understand your duties as a weighbridge operator
  • understand ‘scams’ which you may be involved in, as a weighbridge operator, without knowing
  • understand how the accuracy of the weighbridge may be affected
  • can perform simple maths (you can use a calculator if you want)

How to appeal if your application is refused

Any person refused a certificate by a chief inspector may appeal against the refusal to the Secretary of State who may, if he thinks fit, direct the chief inspector to grant the certificate.

How long the certificate lasts and the renewal procedure

The weighbridge operator’s certificate only covers the operator for the weighbridge equipment and systems which we have assessed them on.

If the weighbridge equipment and systems change or the operator operates other public weighbridges, both the person operating the weighbridge and any person causing or permitting them to operate a public weighbridge may commit an offence.

What to do if your circumstances change

You can contact us by telephone, post, fax or email. We can then advise you of what needs to be done.

Contact us

Trading Standards
Hull City Council
33 Witham

Tel: 01482 300 301
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 504

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