Research by Peugeot UK has found nearly one in every four vans exceeded their maximum payload capacity in Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) roadside tests.
Peugeot’s research found 7% of van drivers were found to exceed their payload limit by 15% to 30%, “placing themselves and other road users in significant danger, as overloading increases braking distances, compromises vehicle handling and accelerates wear and tear on safety critical components including suspension, brakes and tyres”.
Since 2015, the DVSA has weighed more than 44,000 vans in roadside tests, with 23% found to be overloaded. Exceeding the maximum payload results in a minimum £100 Fixed Penalty Notice, rising up to £300 when exceeding the limit by more than 15%. Any driver exceeding their vehicle’s maximum payload by more than 30% faces a potential court summons.
Peugeot’s overload indicator has been developed to ensure drivers avoid overloading their vans. The two-stage system is available on the Partner van and warns drivers when they are within 10% of the maximum gross vehicle weight. A second alert warns if they exceed the vehicle’s limit.
The alerts flash up at the rear of the van and on the i-Cockpit display to ensure drivers have maximum visibility when both loading the van and when they are about to set off.
The Partner van comes with a 1,001kg maximum payload and Grip editions include the overload indicator as standard; the technology is an optional extra on other specification levels at £240.