Pritchard and Another v Crown Prosecution Service: Admn 28 Jul 2003

The defendants appealed convictions for operating vehicles without tachographs. The issue arose upon the combined weight of vehicle and trailer exceeding the maximum.
Held: The legislation seems to be directed at providing maximum driving periods for heavy vehicles, including relatively light vehicles which exceed certain weights when a ‘trailer’ is added. In the case of a vehicle drawing a trailer the relevant maximum weight is the aggregate relevant maximum weight of the vehicle and trailer. Where the maximum gross weight is marked on either, the relevant maximum weight is that weight.


The Honourable Mr Justice Mccombe


[2003] EWHC 1851 (Admin)




Transport Act 1968 97


England and Wales


CitedSmall v Director of Public Prosecutions 1995
The expressions ‘permissible maximum weight’ and ‘maximum permissible weight’ are interchangeable. . .
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Road Traffic

Updated: 07 June 2022; Ref: scu.185046