A weighbridge is much more than a device that measures how heavy a truck's load is. Modern weighbridges are critical control points on any site and have a multitude of benefits including improved traffic flow, reduced bottlenecks, enhanced site security, cost savings and improved workplace safety.
Let's look at five of the most important reasons why businesses need a weighbridge.
Fines and penalties for incorrectly loaded vehicles are an unnecessary waste of money. A weighbridge, whether as a permanent in-ground structure or as a portable set of weighing scales or anything in between, ensures that all transport vehicles are legally compliant in terms of their payloads.
If a vehicle is under-loaded, it could cost the company money in lost revenue, whereas when a weighbridge is used, all space is used optimally. Companies can also save money by avoiding huge fuel and maintenance bills for overloaded trucks and trailers. Overloading shortens the life of a vehicle and accelerates wear and tear on parts and tyres - all of which add up to an extra (and unnecessary) financial burden on the company.
No-one wants to feel unsafe in the workplace - and a weighbridge provides assurance to drivers that the vehicles they are handling are compliant and fit-for-purpose. Overloaded vehicles also pose significant risks to other road users (as well as doing damage to road surfaces, bridges and overpasses), so from a road safety perspective, it is critical to ensure that they are correctly loaded.
Installing a weighbridge can lead to productivity and efficiency improvements because vehicles will be loaded properly the first time. In other words, time and effort won't be wasted in redoing a truck's load.
Enhanced vehicle management
Weighbridge software is capable of so much more than merely managing weighbridge operations and collecting data. It can be used as a comprehensive vehicle management system, interfacing with other company software to produce detailed reports and analysis to optimise the company's fleet management operations.
The software can also play an important role in enhancing site security through the automatic recording of number plates, the control of security cameras, the control of access barriers and the provision of digital records of all vehicles entering or exiting the site.
If any of these five reasons sound like a good idea to you, you should talk to a reputable supplier of weighing and product inspection equipment to identify your weighbridge needs.