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Weighbridge operator certificate

Public weighbridges

If you have a weighbridge and allow businesses or the public to weigh goods or vehicles to use it for a fee, you must comply with the Weighs and Measures Act 1985.

Under this act, you must ensure your weighbridge operator has a certificate to operate the weighbridge.

Find out how to apply for a weighbridge operator certificate

After you have applied for a certificate, a trading standards officer tests your knowledge of operating a weighbridge by asking you questions and watching you use the weighbridge. You 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)

Public weighbridge operator legal obligations

By law, operators of public weighbridges must -

  • carry out a weighing when asked unless they have reasonable cause not to
  • carry out the weighing fairly
  • give the person requiring the weighing a written statement of the weight found
  • make a record of -
    • the time
    • the date
    • details to identify the vehicle
    • the identify the load on the vehicle
  • not make a false record or give a false statement
  • not commit any fraud
  • keep records of weighings for two years

A person bringing an item for weighing must, if asked, give the operator his name and address.

Contact us

Trading Standards Advice
33 Witham
Hull
HU9 1DB

Tel: public enquiries - 01482 300 300 or business enquiries - 01482 300 301
Text phone: 01482 300 349
Fax: 01482 615 572
Email: tradingstandardsadvicecentre@hullcc.gov.uk

We are open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, and Friday 9am to 4.30pm. Please note the trading standards office is not open to the public. If you have an enquiry please make this to trading standards by telephone, text phone, email or post.

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