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Is this a forklift powered by a mechanical engine in the usual way?
Many thanks for that, but isn't there exemption from much of con and use for works trucks, (which I beleive a fork lift is), and isnt there a minimum distance which it must be driven on a public road for excise licence purposes?
No. A mechanically propelled vehicle driven on a public highroad requires licence, insurance etc. Fork lifts are usually used off public road by definition.
There's no minimum distance. I suppose you could try to argue special reasons applied if the distance were literally a fraction of an inch but thats not a defence. Thats just a ground to avoid disqualification.