did_you_know782Question:

What is law on the legally allowed maximum weight of a trailer which has a double Axle?

Answer:

See regulation 234 to 237 for the permissible masses for axles and vehicles.

There is no quick answer as you will have to do so calculations.

Permissible maximum axle massload of vehicle

Reg 234.               (1)          No person shall operate on a public road a mini bus,

bus, tractor or goods vehicle if the permissible maximum axle massload of such vehicle is exceeded.

(2)          The permissible maximum axle massload of a vehicle shall be the

least of the mass limits determined by—

(a)          regulation 238(1) in respect of a vehicle fitted with pneumatic

tyres or regulation 238(2) and 243 in respect of a vehicle fitted with tyres other than pneumatic tyres;

(b)          regulation 239(1)(a)(ii); and

(c)           regulation 240(a), (b) and (c).

 

Permissible maximum axle unit massload of vehicle

Reg 235.               (1)          No person shall operate on a public road a mini bus,

bus, tractor or goods vehicle if the permissible maximum axle unit massload of such vehicle is exceeded.

(2)          The permissible maximum axle unit massload of a vehicle shall be the

least of the mass limits determined by—

(a)          regulation 238(1) in respect of a vehicle fitted with pneumatic

tyres or regulation 238(2) and 243 in respect of a vehicle fitted with tyres other than pneumatic tyres;

(b)          regulation 239(1)(a)(iii); and

(c)           regulation 240(d), (e), (f) and (g).

 

Permissible maximum vehicle mass

Reg 236.               (1)          No person shall operate on a public road a mini bus,

bus, tractor or goods vehicle if the permissible maximum vehicle mass of such vehicle is exceeded.

(2)          The permissible maximum vehicle mass of a vehicle shall be the least

of the mass limits determined by—

(a)          the sum of all the permissible maximum axle massloads and axle unit

massloads of the vehicle as contemplated in regulations 234 and 235;

(b)          regulation 239(1)(a)(i);

(c)           regulation 239(2);

(d)          regulation 239(3); and

(e)          regulation 241:

Provided that the permissible maximum vehicle mass of such vehicle shall not exceed 56 000 kilograms.

 

Permissible maximum combination mass

Reg 237.               (1)          No person shall operate on a public road a

combination of vehicles where the drawing vehicle is a mini bus, bus, tractor or goods vehicle, if the permissible maximum combination mass of such combination is exceeded.

(2)          The permissible maximum combination mass of a combination of

vehicles shall be the least of the mass limits determined by—

(a)          the sum of all the permissible maximum axle massloads and axle unit

massloads of the combination of vehicles as contemplated in regulations 234 and 235;

(b)          regulation 239(1)(b);

(c)           regulation 239(2);

(d)          regulation 239(3); and

(e)          regulation 241:

Provided that the permissible maximum combination mass of such combination shall not exceed 56 000 kilograms.

 

Regards

 

Alta

Alta Swanepoel & Associates

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