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Safe vehicles

Key messages

By law, every employer must

  • make sure that work equipment (which includes vehicles) is suitable for its purpose;
  • take account of the working conditions; and
  • assess the risks to the health and safety of using chosen work equipment.

Questions to ask

Your specification for a workplace vehicle should include answers to these questions:

The design of vehicles used on public roads has to meet specific legal standards, set out in the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations. The overall standard of vehicles used in workplaces should be at least as good as for public roads. There are some specific supply standards dealing with mobile plant in the workplace (for example, lift trucks).

Updated 2013-03-18