Overloading vehicles...

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 01:14
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THIS site may well have come from a previous post on EO... The following extract got me thinking...

"There is no specific fine for overloading a 4WD but the driver of the vehicle can be issued with a summons to appear in court where the magistrate will decide if the maximum penalty of $2000 or six months' jail should be imposed."

With the remaining payload on my Triton(after bullbar, canopy and rear step) sitting at just under 1000kg, I feel quite happy that I'm not overloading. If as they state, a roofrack, winch & bar and a kaymar rear bar/spare wheel carrier on a Sahara or ST-L Patrol only leaves 300kg for people and stuff, what hope have you guy's got. I'm sure when the missus has finished loading the 110L Waeco, the bloody thing would be nudging 300kg on it's own...

And... A ford Courier can carry nearly 100kg more than the Ford F250... Who woulda thunk it...???

Moving right along, it's an interesting read and I'm bored so I thought I would share the spoils of my boredom with y'all...
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 05:42

Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 05:42
Very interesting, I didn't see any mention in there that if you upgrade your suspension you fix these issues. If you load up a truck to the max with standard suspension then you are looking for trouble.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 08:18

Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 08:18
Fair comment that upgraded suspension would mean a higher capacity for load - but you'd have to be getting an Engineering Certificate if you wanted it recognised legally...
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Reply By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 08:19

Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 08:19
No hope ;-))
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 09:39

Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 09:39
The courst will be jammed up with hundreds of thousands of cases if the 'authorities' ever decide to make an issue of this.

Here we go down the road in our 4bies, maybe 200/300kg overload while a B-double or a Road Train triple could be multiple tonnes over.

Rest easy Blue, I think you are safe...lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 09:55

Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 09:55
I'm resting easy Willem, more worried about Roachie...LOL
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 11:09

Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 11:09
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 09:49

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 09:49
Thanks for the concern blokes, but if that's the biggest problem I'm ever faced with, I'll be a contented old fart for the rest of my days!!! lol

I could make a list of at least 15 things about my rig that would not pass muster if a fine tooth comb was ever used on it!

Willie......with all due respect I would dispute your statement about the loadings of B-Doubles and road trains. Those blokes have to be spot on with the way they load their rigs......not only total weight, but individual axle loadings as well. I've got several trucking companies as clients and they are constantly mindful of the "scalies" pinging them for being overweight, over-length etc. I'm saying that over loading does not occur, but they TRY very hard not to do so, cos the fines are HUGE.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 10:09

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 10:09
Young Bill

Dispute as much as you like.

If the industry was squeaky clean, the Scalies would be obsolete.

I was drawing a comparison in the scheme of things, hence the words 'could be'. You are quick off the mark to say something without digesting the the content what is written. Take heed.

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Reply By: Notso - Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 14:19

Saturday, Mar 18, 2006 at 14:19
When you see some of the rigs getting around it is amazing that they actually survive the journey let alone getting booked for overloading. The worst one I saw was an Outboard motor mounted on the front bull bar. Have it running and you could use it as a blender for any pedestrians you hit I suppose.

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 09:16

Sunday, Mar 19, 2006 at 09:16
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Interesting topic that,The scallies go for the big stuff [trucks] because there's more revenue raised from them, but tend to ignore vehicles like box trailers ie loaded with dirt of bricks. I have seen them dragged off the road because the axle bent under the wieght or a wheel has come off,Over in the States all vehicles towing a trailer / boat must enter the checking stations,Just recently seen an older hilux 4x4 tray-back with some dirt and rocks going to the dump and it's a wonder he had any steering as the the front was lifting high and the drive tyres were were looking a bit flat too,

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