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Can you drive a fork lift truck across a public road from one

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Can you drive a fork lift truck across a public road from one part of a factory to another without having insurance, driving licence VEL, etc?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 6 years ago.



Is this a forklift powered by a mechanical engine in the usual way?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Yes, normal common or garden fork lift truck.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 6 years ago.
In that case, you do. The rules cover any mechanically propelled vehicle - even petrol operated lawn mowers.

Edited by Jomo1972 on 5/5/2010 at 10:55 AM EST
Customer: replied 6 years ago.


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?

Expert:  Jo C. replied 6 years ago.


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.

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