Plant Hire FAQs

We answer some of the most commonly asked plant hire questions.

Plant Hire FAQS
Do you naeed a digger licence to operate a digger in the United Kingdom

Digger Hire FAQs Answered

Answer: Plant Hire is derived from the verb plant. As in when heavy immovable objects are planted to the ground in the same way as a plant is planted into the ground and therefore permanent.

Answer:

No, you do not need to have a valid driver’s licence or an operator’s ticket to legally use a digger on private construction sites, on private land or access roads. However, the operator needs to be competent and trained on the use of the digger and have read and understood the operator’s manual.

However: If the digger excavator is being used on public roads in the United Kingdom a driver’s licence is required.

The Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) is ultimately responsible for providing and maintaining a safe work environment and ensure that the operator is competent to operate the digger.

Plant Tip:

All construction sites require a NPORS or CPCS excavator 360-degree ticket to operate a telehandler on a construction site. NPORS or CPCS training centres are listed on our site.

Checklist:

A valid UK Driving Licence to Operate a Digger Excavator on Public Roads.

A valid UK Driving Licence is Not Required to Operate a Digger Excavator on Private Land.

Answer:

Yes, you do need hired in plant insurance to hire plant in the United Kingdom.

Your insurance policy should cover loss or damage of hired in construction plant that covers the value of the plant. When you hire plant, you become responsible for lost or damage to the equipment. Plant hire insurance covers you for these risks,

Plant hire insurance cover includes cover for excavators, diggers, rollers, dumpers, forklift trucks, access equipment, lighting equipment, dozers, telehandlers, attachments and more.

Find a digger for hire near you.

Plant Tip:

Typically, the most cost-effective option is to get hired in plant insurance from your insurance broker. Ensure that the hired in plant insurance covers the value of the hired in plant machinery’s value. Most hire companies offer hired in plant insurance at a premium. (Usually about 10-15% of the weekly hire rate)

Checklist:

Plant Hire Insurance is a requirement when hiring a digger.

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

Telehandler Hire FAQs

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.

 

Checklist: 

You require a valid UK Driving Licence.

The telehandler must be registered and Taxed with the DVLA.

 

Please see the .gov website for more information below:

https://www.gov.uk/driving-nongb-licence

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/907390/v149x1-rates-of-vehicle-tax.pdf

 

The overall height of a JCB 540-170 telhandler is 2.69m which does not take beacons which are located on the cab of the 

 

JCB 540-170Dimensions
Overall Height2.69m
Overall Width2.44m
Length to Carnage6.36m
Ground Clearance0.4m
Turn Radius4.10m
Wheelbase2.75m
Weight12060kg
Maximum Payload4000kg
Maximum Lift Height16.7m
Lift capacity to full height2500kg
Lift capacity at full reach800kg
Placing Height11.7m
Reach at maximum lift height1.97m
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Tank Capacity146L
Noise Level75LP(A)
Tyres5.5/80-24

 

*Dimensions are subject to change.