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System check alongside trading standards

Vehicle weighing solutions

A specialist in the design, manufacture, installation and service of vehicle on-board weighing, bin weighing and axle load protection systems, Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS) is working alongside Derbyshire Trading Standards (TS) to raise the bar with its robust testing procedures.

If a VWS customer wishes to use its Enviroweigh bin-weighing system to operate a pay-by-weight system, the system first needs to be approved by TS officers to check it meets the UK regulations implementing D 2014/32/EU. Once a system passes the tests, TS verification marks are applied to the instrument and a certificate is issued.

In conjunction with Derbyshire TS, the company has developed a robust process to test its system’s effectiveness in all conditions, carried out at its purpose-built installation works.

VWS has installed a purpose-built ramp designed to test the accuracy of the weighing equipment on four planes (or directions) to 8 degrees. The Enviroweigh systems are then tested with various bin weights, applying the same error limits as when the vehicle is on level ground.

Philip Andrew, TS officer at Derbyshire County Council, said: “Although the testing and approvals process is independent, VWS has always supported a stringent approach and has worked with us to create a rigorous testing regime, which has made agreeing test methods very straight forward.”

Julian Glasspole, VWS managing director, added: “Independent verification of our products ensures the integrity of weighing performance.

“It has delivered genuine benefits in terms of sales, plus [the officials] do their best to accommodate our needs to provide a reasonable turnaround for our customers, which is essential in this competitive marketplace.”

VWS was one of the first vehicle weighing companies to comply with the new Whole Vehicle Type Approval Regulations, introduced in October 2014, and has received electromagnetic capability approval under ECE Regulation 10.4.

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