Do you know how much you can store in the back of your Ford Transit? Whether you are renting or purchasing the van, you will need to understand its payload before filling the back up with your belongings. This will allow you to achieve a smooth, hassle-free journey, every time.

What is a payload?

To put it simply, a payload is the maximum weight that a vehicle can carry. This includes the passengers and cargo – all factors inside the vehicle will need to be taken into consideration. The payload for each vehicle will differ depending on a range of factors. It is important that you do not transport loads that exceed your payload limit in your Ford Transit van for both legal and road safety reasons.

What is the payload of your Ford Transit?

In recent years, the payload of a Ford Transit hasn’t been very forgiving, with a higher gross vehicle weight (GVW) than others. However, in the newer models, actions have been taken to reduce this figure, such as the installation of an aluminium bonnet. Below, you will see a list of the payload options that come along with popular Ford Transit model 2.0-litre EcoBlue range:

  • Transit 290 has a payload capacity of 895kg to 936kg
  • Transit 310 vans get a payload capacity of 993kg to 1136kg
  • Transit 330 has a payload capacity of 1239kg to 1337kg
  • Transit 350 vans get a payload capacity of 1277kg to 1472kg

Take a look at the payload specification for each Transit panel van.

Ford Transit Max. gross payload (excluding driver)(KG) Gross Vehicle Mass (KG)
290 L2 H2 895 – 936 2940
310 L2 H2 1043 – 1136 3140
310 L2 H3 1001 – 1094 3140
310 L3 H2 1038 – 1082 3140
310 L3 H3 993 – 1038 3140
330 L2 H2 1337 3365
330 L2 H3 1295 3365
330 L3 H2 1284 3365
330 L3 H3 1239 3365
350 L2 H2 1379 – 1472 3500
350 L2 H3 1337 – 1430 3500
350 L3 H2 1322 – 1419 3500
350 L3 H3 1277 – 1374 3500
350 L2 H2 1319 – 1385 3500
350 L2 H3 1277 – 1342 3500
350 L3 H2 1263 – 1332 3500
350 L3 H3 1218 – 1286 3500
350 L4 H3 1110 – 1176 3500
470 L4 H3 2209 4700
350 L2 H2 1279 3500
350 L2 H3 1237 3500
350 L3 H2 1217 3500
350 L3 H3 1172 3500


To calculate your payload, you can subtract the kerb weight from the GVW. The kerb weight is the weight of the van minus its load, whilst holding a full tank of fuel and all necessary equipment.

Why is it important that you don’t exceed the payload?

Overloading your van could result in multiple consequences. These include putting a strain on your vehicle and receiving costly fines. If police believe you are travelling over your legal payload, they do hold the right to stop your journey and assess the load. Exceeding your payload by different amounts will alter the cost of the fine you will be eligible to receive. Explore long-distance van driving opportunities at

It is important to note that, if you are renting your Ford Transit, the following figures will not include any fine you could receive from your rental company.

  • If you are found to have exceeded your allowance by 5-10%,you will be charged anything over £100.
  • If you are found to have exceeded your allowance by 10-15%,you will be charged anything over £200.
  • If you are found to have exceeded your allowance by 15-30%,you will be charged anything over £300.
  • If you are found to have exceeded your allowance by more than 30%, you will receive a court summon.

At PACE Van Hire, we can supply a range of transit vans of varying sizes, allowing you to transport payloads of different limits safely. If you are interested or would like to find out more, get in touch by calling 020 7277 9853 or emailing

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