ONE fifth of all vans on the road is overloaded.
A scary stat from VOSA, the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency.
VOSA, which has the power to ensure vans are legally compliant, says that excess weight is also number one on its top 5 offences.
So what can van operators do to ensure that their vehicles stay within the law on vehicle weight?
One answer might be the newly launched Tholos van overload protection system.
Developed by Tholos Technology, specialists in load technology from aviation to shipping, the overload protection system is the first for vans up to 3.5t that uses internal loading monitoring.
The overload protection and load distribution monitoring system uses Bluetooth to display a traffic light warning system of a van’s load distribution in real time.
It works on all Android devices and not only warns if the van is overloaded but if the van is incorrectly loaded – with weight that is not evenly distributed.
“We recognised that van overloading is a huge concern for van operators, and have developed this tool to help business van users stay legally compliant,” explained Alan Macdonald, sales director at Tholos Technology.
“A full installation of the van overload protection system takes less than an hour without any need for specialist tools, while calibration takes less than 30 minutes,” Alan added.