Birmingham, United Kingdom (May 26 2011) – Trucks Direct UK Ltd, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of quality used forklift trucks for sale and hire, have identified an area for improvement on the current Thorough Examination inspection for forklift trucks.

Companies and individuals in private and public sectors hiring, buying or leasing forklift trucks have a legal obligation to ensure that their vehicle holds a valid Report of Thorough Examination. Failing to comply with this legislation can result in prosecution, insurance invalidation, and serious accidents due to the faulty equipment.

Trucks Direct believes that the current Thorough Examination inspection for forklift trucks does not place sufficient emphasis on checking the chain that controls a truck’s lifting and lowering functions, resulting in a ‘black hole’ in forklift testing procedures that risks compromising forklift operation safety.

“At present, there is no requirement for the person carrying out the Thorough Examination to see a truck’s Chain Test Certificate – unless they believe that the incorrect chain has been fitted,” commented a spokesperson for Trucks Direct UK Ltd. “However, with one forklift chain looking very similar to another, it is difficult to detect an inadequate chain from a visual inspection alone. This is why, in our view, a truck’s Chain Test Certificate should be checked and verified as part of the Thorough Examination inspection process.

“We will continue with our company’s ongoing dedication to ensuring that all parts of our forklift trucks are in perfect working order, regardless of the absence of chain-checking in the current Thorough Examination procedure, to offer complete safety and reassurance to our customers.”

For more information on Trucks Direct’s products and services, please visit or call 01675 466 000.

About Trucks Direct UK Ltd:

Centrally-located in the West Midlands, Trucks Direct is one of the country’s largest suppliers of quality used forklift trucks, with many years of trading and thousands of satisfied customers throughout the UK and overseas. The company’s long history and extensive contacts in the industry enable us to offer the highest-quality vehicles at the lowest prices. Trucks Direct’s customers range from small businesses acquiring their first forklift, up to some of the country’s largest plc companies, and they employ qualified engineers to ensure that each vehicle sold is thoroughly checked and delivered with 12 months L.O.L.E.R. certification.


Tony Bellerby

Station House,

14 Station Road,



B46 1HT

Tel: 01675 466 000