Public Weighbridges

Use of our Dynamic Axle Weighbridge

We have on site a Dynamic Axle weighbridge. It is set up in self weigh mode and available 24 hours per day 7 day per week free of charge to check the axle and gross weight of your vehicle. Instructions for use are next to the weighbridge.

If you require a printed proof of the weight of your vehicle we can provide a weight ticket for a small fee. Please contact us for more details.

Public Weighbridges

As the regulator of the Weights and Measures Act 1985 within West Yorkshire. We are able to come out to you and assess the suitability of weighbridges and operatives to become a public weighbridge.

For more details on becoming a public weighbridge operative click here.

For a list of the public weighbridges within West Yorkshire click here.

Operators of public weighing and measuring equipment have a number of legal responsibilities:

  1. They must have a valid certificate to operate this type of equipment.
  2. They must carry out a weighing on demand unless there is a reasonable cause not to do so. ‘Reasonable causes’ might include:
    1. The weighbridge isn’t open – although it’s a good idea to display a notice stating the opening hours and fees for public weighing;
    2. The person doesn’t have the money to pay the fee;
    3. They think the equipment isn’t weighing correctly;
    4. The vehicle is too heavy for the weighbridge; or
    5. It wouldn’t be safe to carry out the weighing at that time, for example during a fire drill if the fire assembly point was close to the weighbridge.
  3. They must carry out the weighing fairly. This means they need to do all the things listed in this guidance, like making sure the equipment is at zero when they start, making sure the load is positioned properly on the plate etc.
  4. They must give a statement of the weighing in writing – this is the weighbridge ticket.
  5. They must make a full record. Usually this will be a copy of the ticket, or it may be stored electronically.
  6. They must not make a false weighing, deliver a false statement, or make a false record. This is more than just weighing unfairly. An unfair weighing is usually the result of carelessness, like forgetting to check the equipment is at zero before they start. Making a false weighing, statement or record would be a deliberate act, like deliberately entering an incorrect weight or vehicle registration number.
  7. They must not commit fraud.
  8. They must not wilfully destroy or deface records. If the records are destroyed accidentally, for example in a fire or by a leak in the roof, that isn’t a problem. However they must not deliberately destroy or alter them.

A person who provides public weighing or measuring equipment also has responsibilities. These include:

  1. Making sure the operator has a valid certificate to operate the equipment;
  2. Keeping the records for at least two years;
  3. Producing the records when requested by an Inspector of Weights and Measures;
  4. A duty not to commit fraud;
  5. A duty not to wilfully destroy or deface records.