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What are the rules about Forklifts on the roads?

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If you need to take your forklift truck onto public roads then this can be done as long as it is carried out in accordance with current legislation.


Whether you’re on the road for just a few minutes crossing to another site of the workplace or you have further to go, legislation applies and must be adhered to.


In the first instance, the forklift must be registered as well as being taxed and insured. Should these important points not be in place then it may be that the operator/employer is committing an offence risking a fine and other legal issues.


There are a few things to bear in mind if a forklift is to be used on public roads and these are as follows;


  • The Forklift must be registered with the DVLA (using a V55/5 form)
  • The Forklift must be taxed
  • The Forklift must be insured
  • Registration Plates must be displayed on the forklift
  • Adequate and appropriate lighting is necessary including an amber beacon light when travelling at less than 25mph
  • Operators must have a full UK Driving Licence and have passed a forklift operator course
  • Age restrictions are often in place dependent upon the weight of the load being transported


Keeping in-line with the legislation detailed above reduced the risk of any runnings with the law, any fines as well as increasing the safety of both the forklift operator and other road users. Both individuals and employers are responsible for ensuring that an operators training is refreshed and up-to-date.


If you’re looking for comprehensive training then Forklift Agency are able to assist with this. We have experienced and highly skilled trainers available to provide you and your staff with both novice and refresher training at a time and place to suit you. Our trainers are friendly, deal with individuals as well as groups and don’t charge travelling costs. If you’d like to find out more, give Forklift Agency a call on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.


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