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Moving home or transporting goods requires some serious horsepower. Unless you want to be making multiple trips, then it is likely you are going to be hiring a van to make your life that little bit easier. The most common type of van hired out for house removals is the Luton. Reliable and spacious, the Luton is ideal for transporting large goods, and the 3.5-tonne weight class can be driven on a regular driving licence.

The problem is, it is not as simple as hiring a van, filling it to the gunnels, and off you go. All vehicles such as vans and trucks have weight limits which must be adhered to, or you will find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

So what are these weight limits and what do they mean for you?

3.5 tonne Luton van weight limits

Weight limitations vary slightly between specific manufacturers and models of the Luton van, but the load limit for a 3.5T Luton van fall between 1,000kgs and 1,300kgs. 

If you are hiring a Luton van, the hire company will be able to tell you the weight restrictions, but it is always a good idea to check for yourself. There are reasons why vans have weight limits, and you don’t want to be caught breaking the law.


The main reason for weight limits in vans and trucks is to ensure that the safety of the vehicle is not compromised by carrying too much. Heavy loads can affect the handling and braking capacities, and so limits are in place to ensure you and other road users are safe while driving.


If you overload your van while packing, then its performance will be affected, and you will be unlikely to get the most out of the van’s capabilities. Speed and fuel consumption are the two aspects most likely to be affected by overly large loads.

Damage avoidance

While the Luton is spacious, don’t be tempted to overload the back of your hire van as you could cause serious damage to the axle and tyres. If you go over the maximum weight limit and damage your hire van, you will be liable for the cost of repair.

Important van weight considerations

Here are some important facts to remember considering weight limits before you begin loading your hire van.

Gross vehicle weight (GVW) vs. load weight

You may see two types of figure pop up when looking at weight limits, and it is important not to get them mixed up. Your load weight is how much your belongings weigh. The GVW is the combined weight of the van, passengers, load and fuel and it is this number the weight cannot exceed, otherwise, you will be breaking the law.

Individual axle limits

As well as having a GVW limit, each axle of the van will also have a limit on the amount of weight it can bore. It is good practice to ensure that your load is evenly distributed as even if your load is under the weight limit, you can still be pulled over and fined for overloading your front or rear axle.

Think about passengers

It is easy to only consider your load when trying to stay under a weight limit but having an extra person upfront when you drive off can be the difference between your being under or above the GVW. Make sure you take passengers and fuel into account before you begin to load your van.

How to ensure you don’t go over your limit

The average weight of a house move, as agreed by industry experts, can be anywhere between 3,500kgs and 5,000kgs, so staying below weight restrictions can be tricky.

Plan ahead – Be realistic about the size and number of vans you will need in order to transport all your belongings. Be prepared that you may need to do more than one trip.

Get a trailer – Increase the amount of weight one van can handle by also getting a trailer you can tow behind.

Use a weighbridge – Find your local weighbridge which you can use to determine whether or not you have gone over your weight limit before you set off on your journey.

What are the consequences of breaking van weight restrictions?

While you may see no harm in going slightly over the weight limit for your Luton van, you are still breaking the law and, apart from the safety risks, there will be consequences if you are caught out.

Fine – If you are found to be over your weight limit, then you may face a fine from £100-£300 depending on the van’s limit.

On the spot fine – If you can’t provide an address to which the fine can be sent (if you are between homes for example) then you will be issued a £500 on the spot fine which you will need to pay before you can continue your journey.

Points – If this is not the first time you have been found to be carrying weight above restrictions, you may have points added to your licence.

You won’t be able to go any further – Until you offload some of your weight, you won’t be allowed to continue your journey. If you cannot offload, then your van may be clamped until you can.

What Is The Maximum Weight For A Luton Van?

If all the different regulations and numbers are baffling your brain, why not let AnyVan take all the stress off your mind? We have considerable experience in helping homeowners move their belongings and will take care of all the major and minor details. This ensures that you and your belongings arrive safe and sound!

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