A weighty mat­ter

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This is what you need to know about tare, GVM and GCM

The com­bined weight of the two ve­hi­cles may not ex­ceed the tow­ing ve­hi­cle’s GCM. ( You will also find this on the tow­ing ve­hi­cle’s mass plate.)

Sup­pose you’re driv­ing a Toy­ota Land Cruiser 79 bakkie with a 4,0 ℓ­petrol en­gine and you want to tow a Jur­gens Exclusive: Ac­cord­ing to Toy­ota SA’S web­site, the tare of the bakkie is 2 055kg – so you can legally tow the Exclusive (with a GVM of 1 800 kg) with it. If you load the Cruiser to its per­mis­si­ble GVM of 3 200 kg and the car­a­van to its max­i­mum too, the two will have a com­bined mass of 5 000 kg.

The Cruiser’s per­mis­si­ble GCM is how­ever only 4 700 kg. Although the two ve­hi­cles aren’t in­di­vid­u­ally over­loaded, they nev­er­the­less do ex­ceed the bakkie’s GCM with 300 kg and the com­bi­na­tion is there­fore il­le­gal.

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