NSW van tonnes overweight with bread, meat

A van carrying so much meat and bread that it was more than three tonnes over the legal weight limit was spotted by police in country NSW.

Cootamundra Highway Patrol officers noticed a white Iveco van on the Hume Highway on Friday, allegedly being driven erratically with its front end in the air.

They stopped the van and allegedly noticed the van was loaded with packets of meat and about eight boxes of bread.

The driver, a 26-year-old man with an overseas driver's licence, was directed into a nearby weigh station, where it recorded an alleged total weight of 7.64 tonnes - more than three tonnes over its legal limit.

Acting Traffic and Highway Patrol Operations Commander Simon Maund, said weight limits don't just apply to trucks.

"It may come as a surprise to many drivers that a weight limit - known as the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) - applies to every vehicle on the road, even the average family sedan," he said.

"Exceeding this limit can make the vehicle unstable, unsafe and illegal, so it's a very important number to know."