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Weight declarations - do I have to declare the weight of the goods I'm transporting by commercial vehicle?


On all services except Wemyss Bay - Rothesay, Largs - Cumbrae, Colintraive - Rhubodach and Tarbert - Portavadie, commercial vehicle drivers must produce a written declaration at the time of shipment that includes:

  • A general description of the cargo

  • The Gross Vehicle Mass

  • Details of any relevant special properties of the cargo

Vehicles travelling on services from Oban, Stornoway, Ullapool and Kennacraig don't need this declaration as they will be weighed at the port. However, a description of cargo and relevant special properties must be given at time of weighing. We reserve the right to weigh vehicles and trailers at any port.  

Craignure linkspan has weight restrictions. Please check with the port when booking your space. Vehicles exceeding 44t must have prior written permission from Argyll and Bute Council. This can be obtained from:

Download a  weight declaration form [52component.mediaLink.file.size.kibibytes] .

Commercial vehicle and light goods vehicle operators are reminded that it is the responsibility of the operator and the driver to ensure that the vehicle is not loaded over and above the plated weight.

Vehicles in excess of their plated weight will be refused shipment.

Any vehicle weighing over 3.5 tonnes will be charged as a commercial vehicle for the purpose of shipment.

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