Guidance note: Telehandlers – design and licensing

This information sheet provides advice on design and licensing requirements for telescopic handlers, commonly known as telehandlers (also known as variable reach trucks or multipurpose handlers).


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A telehandler is a versatile type of lifting plant that includes a telescopic boom fitted with a lifting attachment. The typical lifting attachment used is a fork tyne, but other attachments are used depending on the type of load.

Each configuration using the varied attachments must comply with specific design requirements. Operator training and skills requirements also change depending on the telehandler configuration.

This guidance note covers:

  • design
  • work platforms
  • compliance
  • registration
  • operator compliance and licensing