Trucks Direct UK Comments on Daylight Robbery of Forklift Batteries

Birmingham, United Kingdom, (22nd February, 2012) – Trucks Direct UK Ltd, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of quality used forklift trucks for sale and hire, comment on recent findings from a leading UK industry body which indicate that  fork lift truck batteries worth thousands of pounds are being stolen, often in broad daylight.

The Fork Lift Truck Association sounded the urgent alert to all users of electric-powered forklifts, after receiving a wealth of confirmed reports about companies being tricked into parting with highly valuable lead-acid batteries, by criminals posing as engineers.

In one case, thieves convinced a company to use its own fork lift truck to help load the batteries into their van, before driving away. Other similar incidents are being reported across the UK, as the scrap value of the heavy traction batteries – weighing anything up to 2,500kg each – approaches £500 per tonne.

There are currently an estimated 200,000 electric-powered fork lift trucks working in the UK, with some companies also using additional batteries for multi-shift operations.

Simon Watkins of Trucks Direct UK Ltd, commented: “Thieves are interested in the scrap value of batteries rather than the retail cost, so any fork lift truck battery is potentially at risk. Our advice is to thoroughly check the identification and authority of any engineer visiting your site, and to ensure batteries are kept secure when unattended.”

For more information on Trucks Direct UK’s products and services, please visit or call 0121 344 4744.

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.


Simon Watkins,

Trucks Direct

Gailey Park,

Three Acre House,

Walsall Road, Perry Barr

Birmingham, UK

Zip: B42 1TP

Tel: 0121 344 4744



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