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Public Weighbridges and Operator Licences

If you operate public weighing equipment you must be a certified weighbridge operator. We issue these certificates.

Operators of public weighing equipment have responsibilities to ensure that they can perform their duties competently and honestly. No one can operate public weighing equipment unless he/she holds a certificate of competence from us. 

How can I apply?

If you want to apply for a public weighbridge operator's certificate you will be tested by an Inspector of Weights and Measures to ensure that you can operate the equipment properly, including the use of any associated equipment such as printers or computers linked to the weighing machine. You will also need to show that you can record and calculate the results of any weighing properly.

Please download and complete the appropriate Word or PDF version of the application form first from the options below. Once done, submit your completed application form and other relevant documentation.

Application process

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 5 working days. We will then process your application and tell you the outcome as soon as possible. If you do not supply the correct information your application will be rejected.

If circumstances change regarding the equipment used for operation of the weighbridge, contact us.

If my application is refused, how do I appeal?

If your application is refused, contact us and we will discuss your application with you. If you are unhappy with the reasons given, you can then appeal to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.  

Legislation and legal requirements

A public weighbridge operator must comply with these legal requirements. Failure to do so may result in court proceedings. The current penalty is a fine of up to £5,000 or 6 months imprisonment or both. Some offences have a maximum penalty of a fine up to £2,000 only.

Can I start operating before my certificate has been granted?

No. It's in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Will my premises be inspected or assessed?

Yes. We will inspect the weighbridge at your premises and deliver the test to the person making the application for an operator's certificate.

Public weighbridges in Dudley

  • Weighbridge Owner: C.Brown
  • Address: Cochrane House, Pedmore Road, Dudley DY2 0RL
  • Telephone: 01384480048
  • Capacity: 50t x 20kg
  • Size: 18m x 3m
  • Nearest "A" Road: A459

Operating Times:

  • Monday to Thursday - 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Complaint regarding a public weighbridge

As a member of the public, if you have a complaint or are concerned about the accuracy or operation of a weighbridge or believe the operator of the weighbridge does not hold a certificate, contact using the contact details below and one of our inspectors will go to the site to assess the safety and this will be dealt with accordingly.

Overloaded goods vehicles

The Trading Standards Service, in conjunction with West Midlands Police and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), carry out checks on goods vehicles to ensure that maximum permitted weights are not exceeded. Excess weight can make a vehicle unsafe to drive and can cause roads to wear out prematurely.