Essential Things You Should Know about Driving Fork Lifts on Public Roads
- Written by John Johnston
- Published: 13 August 2014
Over my career I have seen many a debate on the common belief that fork lift trucks (FLTs) and mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) can travel between premises without being taxed, insured, registered, fitted with lights, number plates, reflectors etc. Some say FLTs can load / unload vehicles outside a premises on the public road, some say they have contacted the police, local councils, FLT trainers who all say it's OK to do so.
I have never been comfortable with the lack of consistency with some of the advice and their mixed messages, so I decided to do a bit of digging on the subject to satisfy myself. I've written this article to hopefully help clear things up for you too.
One important point I'd like to get across is that failure to follow these, and other appropriate guidelines, could invalidate company insurance, result in penalty points for the driver of the vehicle and / or result in expensive and damaging police or civil actions.
Here is what I have discovered...