Frequently Asked Questions


Do operators have to be retested?
Under Health & Safety guidelines, operators of forklifts must undergo retesting at regular intervals of 3-5 years.
Can training be completed on our company premises?
Yes. On-site training can be very useful in helping operators become familiar with the working environment. There must also be sufficient room given for practical off-job training.
Do managers or supervisors need to be trained?
Yes. PUWER Regulations 1998 state that "all persons who supervise or manage the use of work equipment have received adequate training for the purpose of Health & Safety".
Do trucks have to be inspected daily?
Yes. A qualified forklift operator must inspect forklifts at the start of every shift. East Midlands Forklifts can provide daily check sheets for your equipment.
Will one certificate cover an operator for all trucks?
No. Certification will only cover an operator for the piece of equipment that they have undergone training for. For instance, a counterbalance licence will not cover an operator for the operation of a reach truck.
Will the certification cover our company for Health & Safety and Insurance purposes?
Yes. MV & Sons Ltd Forklift truck training Instructors and Examiners are fully accredited under the ITSSAR (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register). All training courses adhere to the National Standards.
Is there an age requirement for forklift operators?
Yes. Operators must be over the minimum school leaving age of 16, unless they are operating in dockyards, where the age requirement is 18 or over.
What's the maximum number of participants that can take the course at the same time?
At this moment in time, the maximum amount of trainees that can attend a course is three.
Do I need a licence to operate a pedestrian forklift?
No, however the operator must have an orientation with each unit, carried out by a competent operator.

Electric Forklifts

Do I need a gas or electric forklift?
There are a number of factors that need to be considered when choosing a forklift. You must take into account your site conditions and what that will require of the unit. Get in touch with us today to discuss your unit requirements with one of our team.
Can I use a car battery in an electric forklift?
No, the construction of a car battery is not suitable for use in forklifts. Forklift batteries are deep cycle - this allows the batteries to be discharged and recharged many times throughout their lifespan.
Can I use an electric forklift in wet conditions?
No, most electric forklifts are not designed for use in wet weather.
Can an electric forklift be used to enter a container?
Yes, most models are suitable for container entry.
Can I hire a traction battery?
Yes, traction batteries can be hired. Most hire terms include a charger and maintenance. Call us for more details.
What type of power supply do I need to charge an electric forklift?
The charger required will depend on the size of the battery and this will determine the power supply that is needed. Chargers operate from mains power and the size will be dependent on whether it is single or three phase.
How fast does an electric forklift drive?
The performance of an electric forklift is similar to that of an engine powered unit.
How do I charge an electric forklift?
Electric forklifts are powered by deep cycle batteries that can be recharged with a compatible battery charger that is powered from mains power.
How high can a forklift reach?
Taking into account the weight of the load being lifted, the heavier the load means the lower the lift. Various forklifts can lift between 3000mm & 10000mm, dependent on your needs.
What is the biggest electric forklift you can get?
25 tonne lifting capacity is the largest forklift that is currently available.

Used Forklifts

What kind of warranty can I get on used forklifts?
This depends on the dealership, but most Toyota dealers will provide a certified-used program that offers limited warranties on guarantees on used equipment.
Why should I buy a used East Midlands forklift versus a used competitor forklift?
Longevity and value are core values of East Midlands Forklifts, with customers having used their forklifts for more than 20 years and counting. By opting for a Toyota forklift, you will be increasing your chances of owning a forklift that will serve you well for years.
Why should I buy used?
When you consider buying a used forklift from a reliable dealer, several factors will play a part in what you purchase and how. Buying a used unit may mean you can afford more than you could if you were buying brand new, based on how the unit is configured and what options it has.
How can I get more information?
Use ‘Request A Callback’ or for pricing, parts & more, or click here to find a dealer near you.
Will the certification cover our company for Health and Safety and Insurance purposes?
Yes. Data Academy is a fully accredited company under the ITSSAR (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register), and all training courses adhere to the National Standards.
Can training be completed on our company premises?
Yes. On-site training can be very useful in helping operators become familiar with the working environment. There must also be sufficient room given for practical off-job training. If you are unsure of the room required please contact Data Academy or train at our training centre.
Do operators need a car driving licence?
No. A driving licence for a car is not needed unless forklifts are being driven on the road.
How is a pedestrian forklift powered?
Pedestrian forklifts are battery powered and come equipped with chargers that plug into the mains power supply.
How much can I lift with a pedestrian forklift?
Pedestrian forklifts come with lift capacities up to 2 tonnes.
How old do I have to be operate a pedestrian forklift?
There is no minimum age required to operate a pedestrian forklift. The person must be deemed competent and must have completed sufficient training on the unit. The site operator is responsible for the training and appointment of suitable persons.

Thorough Examination

How long does a Thorough Examination last?
Although a Thorough Examination for a fork lift truck is like an MOT test for a car or lorry it is not valid for a set period of time. This is because there are different operational conditions that can impact on how quickly important components wear out. For example, the wear on a truck being used in a cement works is very different to that of a truck in a standard warehouse.
What is a Thorough Examination for a fork lift truck and is it a legal requirement?
A Thorough Examination is a statutory requirement for lifting equipment under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER 98), Regulation 9. It has the same purpose as an MOT inspection by providing a report which identifies that the lifting equipment is safe to use, and/or advice that needs to be followed to avoid risks in use. It is just as important as an MOT – probably more so! There is a legal requirement for a Thorough Examination to be carried out on fork lift trucks at least once a year, and often more frequently depending on conditions of use.
Is the insurance inspection of a fork lift truck also a Thorough Examination?
Some insurance inspections are thorough examinations and some are not. It is important that employers know the difference. It is the employer who is legally responsible for making sure that Thorough Examinations are carried out in accordance with LOLER 98.