Driving a Forklift on the Roads

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Many operators are used to driving a Forklift in conditions such as a work environment and warehouse however not all are prepared for driving on the UK’s roads.


Firstly, the Forklift will need to be registered to be used on public roads and then there are a few procedures that need to be followed. The operator will need to hold a full UK Driving Licence and depending of the age of the driver, there are restrictions as to what forklift can be operated.


The driver must be 17 to drive a forklift weighing up to 3.5 tonnes when fully loaded, they must be 18 to operate a forklift weighing up to 7.5 tonnes and they must be 21 to operate the truck weighing more than 7.5 tonnes when fully laden.


If the Forklift is travelling on road for more than 1 mile each week then the forklift will also require taxing. There is an exception to those forklifts travelling under 1 mile as long as it’s being used for forestry, agriculture or horticulture.


For all forklifts being used on public roads they must have the appropriate lighting as well as a number plate, flashing amber beacon and must be driving at less than 25 mph.


Records of servicing and maintenance must be kept and should there be a risk that a forklift could roll over then a seatbelt must be worn.


Further regulations must be complied with if the forklift is going to travel more than 1 mile, the forklift will need to be insured, taxed and registered. If the forklift will be traveling over 1000 yards in one go the rules of Construction and Use Regulation will also apply.


Don’t forget all Forklift operators should be trained up to high standards and that regular refresher courses should be attended. This is where Forklift Agency can help! We provide forklift training at a time and place to suit you, we don’t charge traveling costs and our trainers and friendly yet professional. If you’d like to find out more, please call the team on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.


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