fork-lift-loading-truckWhen renting or driving a van, you will need to take into consideration a number of factors to ensure you have the right option for your transportation requirements. The most important will be your need for the vehicle, the items you are wishing to transport and their overall weight, allowing you to match the correct vehicle to your payload.

What is a payload?

Overloading your van can result in a wide range of consequences, from sluggish journeys and engine strain to hefty fines, so it is important that you are aware of your payload before setting out on the roads. The payload of your vehicle is the total weight of your load, in addition to the weight of all passengers and the driver. Due to the effects of an overloaded van having the ability to end in catastrophic events, the police withhold the power to stop you on your journey and assess your payload limit.

If you are found to have exceeded your allowance by 5-10%, you will be charged anything over £100.

If you are found to have exceeded your allowance by 10-15%, you will be charged anything over £200.

If you are found to have exceeded your allowance by 15-30%, you will be charged anything over £300.

If you are found to have exceeded your allowance by more than 30%, you will receive a court summon.

If you are operating a rental van, these figures do not include any fine that you may also receive from your hire company.

How to calculate your payload

To calculate the payload limit on your van, you will need to complete some simple mathematics with figures that you can locate in the vehicles handbook; the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and the kerbweight. The GVW is the maximum allowance weight for the van, including petrol, oil, load and passengers and the kerbweight is the weight of the vehicle alone.

To work out your vehicle’s payload, simply subtract the kerbweight from the GVW.

Once you have worked out the payload limit of your van, it is important that you load the vehicle in an organised and safe manor, allowing way for the smoothest journey. To ensure that you are competing this action correctly, take a look at our previous blog on how to load your van safely.

Which of our vans is best for your payload?

At ACE Rent a Van, we have a selection of vans available to cater to all variations in payload. By conversing your requirements across to us, we will be able to match you with one of the following vehicles:

Please note that these may differ depending on the make and model of the van we supply you with. Please ask your rental agent if you have a higher payload limit than those stated above.

Here at ACE Rent a Van, we can supply you with a fixed price van to cater for your payload. If you are interested in renting one of our vehicles, or would like to speak to us about the best way to transport your load, give us a call on 020 7277 9853 or drop us an email at where we will be happy to assist you.