Common Loads

Conventional panel vans can be used for many jobs and knowing exactly what your van can and can’t carry is of great importance, not only to maximise your load but also to stay within the designated payload for your specific vehicle. This can mean the difference between being on the road and trying to work without a driving license!

An overloaded vehicle not only causes damage to roads and to your vehicle, but it also puts you and other road users at risk. Vehicles react differently when the maximum weights which they are designed to carry are exceeded. The consequences can be fatal. Overloading puts a massive strain on vehicle tyres and makes the vehicle less stable, difficult to steer and longer to stop. It is also illegal. Therefore the authorities carry out random checks at the roadside to enforce overloading regulations.


Barrel of liquid (36 gallons)275kg
Bag of cement51kg
Beer case (24 x 1pint)5kg
Beer crate (24 x 10 fl oz bottles)23kg
Facing bricks2.5-2.8 tonnes per 1000
Building bricks2.3-2.5 tonnes per 1000
Engineering bricks2.0 tonnes per 1000
Milk crate, 20 bottles27kg
Paint, 5-litre tin7kg
Potatoes, loose530kg per cubic metre
Potatoes, sack51kg
Water (10 x 1L bottles)10kg
Rubble1050kg per cubic metre
Sand, dry1330kg per cubic metre
Sand, wet1600kg per cubic metre
Standard pallet of house bricks1000kg


Copper tubing3 m lengths (9ft 9in)
Ladders2.4m (7ft 10in)
Euro pallet1.2m x 0.8m (3ft 9in x 2ft 6in)
Building boards2.42m x 1.21m (8ft x 4ft) 1.82m x 0.91m (6ft x 3ft)