Discussion:
New FLT Classifications

UK instructors.

ABA have issued a notice that from April 1st all awarding bodies are changing to use the same categorisations for lift trucks now. main change for me personally is the B2 category. this has changed from 5-10t now to 5-15t.
so essentially someone with a cert for 6t can operate a 15t machine.

good idea/bad idea?
would you allow this in your workplace?
what kind of internal familiarisation do you do?

thoughts?
  • Posted 28 Mar 2016 23:47
  • Discussion started by TonytheTrainer
  • Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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A good initiative that will become accepted in time, but a little confusing, particularly around sideloaders.
  • Posted 24 Feb 2017 23:17
  • Reply by Windsor_Comms
  • East Yorkshire, United Kingdom
The original classifications for LTs were developed by BITA for statistical analysis purposes. BITA report on manufacturers' sales performance to Government, and are UK representatives on various international standards bodies.
When ITSSAR was first set up in the BITA office of the day, they adopted the BITA classifications for identifying training. Over time, additional classifications have been added. For example, I got the pivot-steer and the vehicle-mounted truck classifications added when I worked for ITSSAR. I also sought the 5,000kg limit for counterbalanced trucks (raised from 3,000kg). After AITT split from ITSSAR, AITT continued to use the same classifications for training purposes.
Later, when I worked for RTITB, I adopted similar weight and stack height classifications for the purpose of consistency in operator training registration, although I didn't adopt the BITA names.
The principles of operating trucks of different weight or stack height categories will essentially be very similar. progress can be made from one to the other generally by conversion or familiarisation training, as one would do for transfer from one power source to another. It will be important to record and certificate such additional training. the actual type of training and the duration required will depend upon the size of truck involved and the type of work it is expected to perform.
  • Posted 24 Nov 2016 21:42
  • Reply by Pusey
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
David
Hi Tony,
I am a Trainer on the B1 D1 category.
I think it should go up in 5000kg increments
a bit like the motor cycle tests. the government did this for a reason
:)
regards
  • Posted 19 Apr 2016 20:25
  • Reply by andy_r
  • buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

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