November 23, 2016
Understanding payloads and why they’re important…
When it comes to buying a van, a number of things may influence your decision. If you’re frequently working in tight spaces then accessibility will matter to you. A driver who spends a lot of time on the road may care more about the vehicle’s safety features, while fuel economy matters to – well, pretty much everyone. As the main purpose of a van is to hold and transport cargo, payload is something that every potential van driver needs to consider.
Payload is any load carried by a vehicle, including passengers. So it’s important to know what payload your van can handle. Overloading a vehicle can have all sorts of disastrous consequences. Not only does it put a massive strain on the engine and transmission, it also places you, your passengers and other road users at risk.
Should the worst happen while you’re travelling in an overloaded van, at best you’ll suffer a financial loss due to damage or an undelivered load; at worst – death. This sounds extreme, but when you imagine a loss of control at high-speed you understand that overloading is a recipe for disaster.
Because of this, authorities take overloaded vehicles very seriously. Both the police and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have the power to stop and search any commercial vehicle. If your vehicle is over the legal weight limit you can be fined and stopped from driving any further, so it’s definitely worth making sure you understand your vehicle and its limits.
Only two things are required to work out your van’s payload capacity; the GVW (Gross vehicle weight) and its kerbweight. Both of these figures can be found in your vehicle’s manual. GVW is the maximum allowable weight of the vehicle, including the vehicle itself, operational fluids like fuel and oil, cargo and passengers. Kerbweight is weight of the vehicle alone.
To calculate your payload capacity, simply subtract your kerbweight from your GVW. Let’s imagine we have a van with a GVW of 3000kg. The kerbweight of the van is 2400kg, which means you can safely carry a payload of 600kg.
Recognise the law, understand your vehicle and most of all – know its limits.
|Car-derived vans||500kg||Ford Fiesta van – 550kg|
|Small vans||667-1000kg||Citroen Berlingo Enterprise – 610-660kg|
|Medium vans||750-1600kg||New Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive L1H1 – 1079kg|
|Large vans||1000-1600kg||Fiat Ducato L3H2 – 1420-1525kg|
|Pickups/4×4||1045-1195kg||Mitsubishi L200 Warrior – 1045kg-1120kg|
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