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Use of Fork Lift Trucks on the Public Highway - May 2002

Licence Fees

Electrically propelled trucks

These are exempt from licence fees but must still display a valid tax disk with a "null" amount entered.

Works trucks fall into the Special Vehicle taxation class (See booklet V355/1, section 8)

Fork Lifts over 3500 kgs Gross vehicle weight (Includes load)

These pay the HGV rate in the special vehicles class. This should not be confused with "plating" a heavy goods vehicle and the cost is minimal in comparison

Fork Lifts under 3500 kgs Gross vehicle weight (Includes load)

These vehicles pay the Private/Light Goods (PLG) rate which again is quite minimal

Registration Fee. This is currently £25.00 and applies when the vehicle is first registered for use on the road

Exemptions A fork lift may also be exempt from payment of vehicle excise duty if:

  • It is used soley for purposes relating to agriculture, horticulture or forestry and
  • It is used on public roads only in passing between different areas of land occupied by the same person and
  • The distance it travels on public roads in passing between such areas does not exceed 1.5 kilometers

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