Has anyone had their van weight checked when in Europe?

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  1. mrhappydog

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    I wondered if the weight is ever checked? I have met so many people who (like me) hurtle through France and Spain weighing a bit more than the 3500 kg that the weight my van is meant to be.
    Can anyone tell me please if they have been stopped and weighed? Also what happens afterwards. Thanks.
     
  2. Mel

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    This is not the Law.
    But it is belueved no action would be taken up to 3850 kg
    Over that unload excess and €90 fine.
    That is what every Belgium believes.
    I dont want to be the one to test it.
    So I am always within my limit:)
     
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    90€ is a bargain !(y)
    That's ok if max weight is 3500kgs, Wouldn't apply to me as mine is 2350kgs.:LOL:
    Last weighbridge for testing & weighing I saw in Spain ( up near Zaragoza/Huesca ), was ideal for an overnight as it obviously hadn't been used since the crisis started ! :D
     
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    I was replying to the OP he said his was 3500
    They say 10% but I dont know anyone who had this done
     
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    I had mine checked by French police when the Duane stopped me just after a toll near Tours. I was under weight and had no contraband. They only spoke French to us while looking around. Checked all cupboards etc. Then as we prepared to drive away the "boss", an attractive young lady said, in perfect English "nice van is it an English manufacturer".
     
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    We were stopped in France in august at tolls and weighed 200 kgs over (oops lesson learnt) fined €90 and sent on our way, just think of it as a French tax the officer said.
     
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    Not me but a pal got stopped and weighed in France but he was under so ok. Pete
     
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    "to live outside the law you have to be honest"

    Bob Dylan
     
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    Don't worry about being stopped and weighed, worry about WIM instead. :whistle::D
     
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    Never been stopped but we always seemed to be about 100kg over, so upgraded to 3850, just one less thing to worry about and can get on and enjoy our holidays.
     
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    Not wishing to be pedantic, but once sent on your way, weren't you were still 200kgs over?
    I understand in the UK any excess weight has to be removed before being able to move on.
    Or is it as stated, a French tax?
     
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    We were indeed still 200 kgs over, the police officer said he could make us start unloading but he didn't. I wasnt going to argue, next time remember not to go overboard on the wine at Calais!
     
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    Myself and a mate got pulled just south of Limoges whilst heading north on the free motorway, they were pulling all motorhomes and wagons.
    They took us off to a special area where they have a weighbridge, there was quite a queue waiting and they were obviously having problems with an old scrap wagon so the police officer walked down the line looking at every vehicle and just waved both of us out and around the wagons so off we shot breathing a sigh of releif
     
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    IMV its not the fine you need to worry about ... if you have an accident ... your insurance might not pay out!
     
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    Never been checked, but I can't remember where it was, there was a sign that said 'Stop obligatory > 3.5t', so I dutifully followed the signs only to end up at a checkpoint that was shut! From that point on I have ignored the signs.
     
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    Also handling and braking can be affected! Personally think it's an irresponsible attitude to drive an overweight vehicle......
     
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    We visit our Local Weighbridge before starting a longish trip, thats when we are more likely to be nearing the MAX. Here in Totana we have many to choose from, just pull on, insert the required coinage and get a print out.
    Last week whilst returning home from a 4 month tour, we knew we could be near the max 35oo kg, or perhaps a tad over, pulled on, inserted the 50 cent and WOW................3460 kg that was a suprise to both of us.
    So why bother, well when Mr Guardia Civil stops us, and says they are doing spot checks, as they sometimes do,I produce a current ticket, this could save us time sitting in a queue and giving them a reason to do further checks,
    up to now never been stopped for these checks, but when we are are, we are ready, and totally agree with previous posting regarding Safety and fuel economy also.
     
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    Safety margins!!!

    Never even used to prosecute until you were 10 per cent over(***** tablet doesn't seem to have per cent symbol!)
     
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    If on a heavy chassis no effect. But when I had a light chassis coachbuilt, the effect of being overloaded was horrible
     
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    In my opinion, based on some experience,if 200kg(6% on 3500k chassis) makes such a difference to the handling etc then the vehicle is under engineered and inherently unsafe.
     
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