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

Lighting requirements

The requirements relating to the lighting of all vehicles used on the public road are contained in the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations (RVLR). If the fork lift truck is not used on a public road then clearly the provisions of the RVLR do not apply.

If a fork lift truck is used on a public road between sunrise and sunset and is not fitted with any front or rear position lamp then it is exempt from having to be fitted with any lamp or reflector.

In general the lighting requirements for fork lifts depend upon their maximum speed and the table below lists the requirements.

Maximum SpeedTypes of lamp to be fitted
Any speedFront position lamp
Rear position lamp
Rear retro-reflector
Greater than 15 mphFront position lamp
Rear position lamp
Rear retro-reflector
Dipped beam headlamp
Direction indicator
Hazard warning signal device
Greater than 25 mphAs above but also with
Rear fog lamp
Stop lamp
Greater than 40 mphAs above but with
Dim-dip device or running lamp (unless the vehicle conforms to European requirements)

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