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Weights and measures

Trading Standards checks and verifies weighing and measuring equipment, from weighbridges (see below) and shop scales, to measures in pubs and petrol pumps.

Visit our business advice and charges page for details on using our service.

We also:

  • inspect and test goods sold by weight and measure
  • test packaged goods at retail level and the systems that are used in the manufacturing process
  • test goods sold at retail level ranging from food items to road fuel and home heating oil deliveries
  • check the quantity of goods delivered to businesses.

We can also provide advice to businesses on:

  • current and proposed legislation
  • metrological technology
  • taking advantage of the free movement of goods and metrological equipment within the European Union.


Public weighbridges

There are a number of public weighbridges in West Sussex and they are listed below.




Size of Plate

Monday to Friday




Bognor Road Portfield
Chichester West Sussex

Phone: 01243 784171

50 Tonnes

15m x3m




Geo Richardson Ltd

Hurst Works Cuckfield Road
Goddards Green, Burgess Hill, West Sussex.
RH15 8RE.

Phone: 01444 870030

50 Tonnes

15m x3m




Highways Agency

Withy Patch Lancing
West Sussex

Dynamic Axle weigher


Self Weigh facility 24hr

Self Weigh facility 24hr

Self Weigh facility 24hr

Withy Patch is a self-weigh weighbridge. To weigh a car or van:

  • Press the button and wait for the green light
  • Drive in slowly over the plate - both axles
  • The display will show your axle weights as you drive over, then after a while, the total weight for the car.

For a car with a caravan/trailer, weigh the car first, then drive the car and caravan/trailer over together and subtract the car weight, giving you the trailer/caravan weight.

For private vehicles, refer to your owner's manual to ensure your vehicle is not overweight.

Staff at other public weighbridges will assist with weighing of vehicles.

Please note: Driving an overladen vehicle is both dangerous and illegal.


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