Even more, there are several reasons why it's a good idea to ensure truck compliance to weight regulation. Weigh-in-motion technologies allow trucks and other transport vehicles to be weighed directly in the traffic flow, without any stoppages and disruption to operations. As overloaded trucks and transport vehicles pose serious threats to road transport operations, it can increase risks for road users and cause severe impacts on the durability of infrastructure and the vehicle itself.
Axle Scales: Vital Tools to Minimize OverloadingWhen it comes to monitoring road traffic loads, attention is now mainly focused not only on basic vehicle weight but also on axle and wheel load. That said, an overloaded truck is more likely to be involved in an accident and have more severe consequences than a properly loaded truck. The heavier the truck, the higher inertia, which may result in stronger forces and damage - to other vehicles or to the infrastructure.
Generally speaking, when the current load exceeds the maximum permitted limited of a vehicle, several consequences may occur.
In the first place, an overloaded truck is often less stable because of the increased height at the center of gravity and more inertia of the vehicle bodies. Additionally, the braking system of any vehicle is designed for the maximum allowable load indicated on the documents. Any weight in excess will reduce the braking capacity of your vehicle and may even damage the braking system.
An overloaded truck becomes underpowered, which results in lower speeds and longer overtaking, with a higher risk of tire blowouts. That said, overloads can even induce tire overheat. When flammable or hazardous goods are transported in a truck, overloads located in the truck increase both he risk and severity of a fire, due to accident and loss of control of a vehicle.