A COMMON misconception among businesses is that fork lift trucks crossing public roads do not need to be taxed, registered or insured.
It is true that fork lift trucks which travel less than 1,000 yards have special dispensation from compliance with the Construction and Use Regulations, but this dispensation does not make fork lift trucks exempt from road traffic legislation.
Even if the fork lift truck travels less than 1,000 yards – on public roads, between sites or for unloading vehicles outside the workplace – then it can be driven with little modification to lighting, excise duty, number plate etc.
However, it must be registered and insured and the operator must hold a valid driving licence.
If, on the task to be performed, the fork lift truck travels more than 1,000 yards, then it must comply with the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations which can be very complex and would likely involve major modifications to the vehicle.
This is a misconception I’ve seen at many workplaces and I would suggest that each company reviews their use of fork lift trucks to ensure that they comply with the relevant legislation.
Incidents involving fork lift trucks are all too common, so it’s important you look to reduce the risk of using them wherever possible.