Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)

Where will I find the GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) of my van?

You will find the GVW on the manufacturer’s plate.  It is a legal requirement for all light commercial vehicles (LCVs) to have one. 

The plates vary in position; one could be riveted to the inside of a front door panel, or somewhere within the engine bay. It may take the form of a sticker but the weights also tend to be listed in the owner’s handbook. 

If you are in any doubt, get in touch with the manufacturer giving them your vehicle chassis number, make and model. 

Various weights are etched/stamped on the manufacturer’s sticker/plate, including the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). This plate/sticker tends to contain the chassis number of the vehicle, too. 

How is GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) shown?

GVW is shown in kg and is on the manufacturer’s plate (or sticker or owners’ handbook and sometimes on the V5C vehicle registration certificate).

Note that the GVW is NOT the unladen weight.

My van has a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 2670 kgs but when it is empty it weighs less than 2500 kgs. Does that mean you will cover me when it is empty?

No, GEM breakdown policies only cover vans with a GVW up to 2500 kgs. Regardless of whether your van is empty or full because it has a stated GVW of 2670 kgs on the manufacturers plate it is NOT covered.

Is the GVW figure always shown on the V5C vehicle registration certificate?

Not always – it depends on the age of the vehicle.

On the V5C vehicle registration certificate, there are two weights given for more modern vehicles. Section 4.F.1, which is titled “Max, permissible mass”, is the same as Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). The other figure is the “Mass In Service”, which is lower than the GVW.

I have also seen MAM and Revenue weight mentioned, are these the same as GVW?

Yes, MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) and Revenue weight are the same as GVW.