Do I need a licence to drive a telehandler on the road uk?

Do I need a valid licence to drive a telehandler on public roads in the United Kingdom?

Answer:

Yes, you do need a valid UK driving licence to drive a telehandler on public roads in the United Kingdom but please also ensure that you comply with all four points outlined below before you start driving a telehandler on the road in the UK.

    1. The operator/driver needs to have a valid UK driving licence.
    2. The telehandler needs to be registered and taxed with the DVLA. See current DVLA rates of vehicle tax here.
    3. Additionally, you are required to insure your telehandler for road use and include it on your companies or personal vehicle insurance.
    4. The operator/driver needs to be competent and trained on how to use the telehandler and have read and understood the operator’s manual.

Plant Tip:

All construction sites require a NPORS or CPCS Telescopic Handler A17 Wheeled ticket to operate a telehandler on a construction site. However, this is not a requirement to operate a telehandler on private land.