Weighbridge pending overhaul

The Putaruru Transfer Station weighbridge which has been found to be faulty.
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The Putaruru Transfer Station weighbridge which has been found to be faulty.

A costly operation to relocate the Putaruru Transfer Station weighbridge may have to be undertaken following the discovering of a fault earlier this month. 

Two complaints from customers that their rates for weight were out of whack alerted the South Waikato District Council to an imbalance in the weighbridge's weighing mechanism which could have potentially been overcharging people for almost a year.

Further investigations have since found the foundations of the weighbridge are largely firm and undisturbed but a portion of the supporting material has settled and part of the concrete foundation has broken.

The council is currently looking at either having to relocate the entire weighbridge away from the area of subsidence or remove the failing portion of the foundations and reconstruct the area. 

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Until an engineering assessment is completed the council's services manager Andrew Pascoe said discussions can only be preliminary.

"Once the most appropriate course of action is determined work can progress," he said.

The weighbridge is currently not operational while the investigations continue but users can still access the site.

While the council considered closing the station when the issue with the weighbridge was first discovered, it decided to introduce a manual charging system instead.

"We remind users that any concerns regarding the manual charging system should be referred to the council on 885 0340. We ask that people not engage with the kiosk attendant on site over the charges, they are not able to deviate from the charges allocated," Pascoe said.

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Following the discovery of the fault the council is also now looking at calibrating the weighbridge more regularly than the current once a year schedule required by legislation.

 - Stuff

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