there is no such thing as a fork lift truck driver’s licence in the
UK. It follows therefore that a fork truck licence issued in any other country cannot be valid in
Some countries do issue licences to fork lift truck operators. It is quite common for an
individual from one of these countries, who is seeking employment in UK as a fork lift truck
operator, to offer this licence, with an authenticated translation, as proof of their ability to
operate. Whilst there may be no reason to doubt the authenticity of such documentation it
would be unwise for any potential employer to accept it at face value. At the very least the
skills required to obtain that licence may not have been appropriate to either the kind of truck
or the operating environment for which the individual is to be employed.
Under these circumstances it would be best to treat the foreign licence as though it were a
training certificate from an unknown, unaccredited trainer – with caution. Arrange to have the
potential employee formally assessed and then provide any additional training that may be
Remember, the employer is required to give written authority for any employee to actually
operate the equipment. The employer alone will determine how long this authority remains
valid and it is good practice to ensure that the performance of all operators is formally
monitored on a regular basis.