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Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

Drunk Driving a Fork Lift

A recent news story highlighted the efforts of a man who drove a forklift under the influence of twice the legal alcohol limit. The Police officers said the 20 year old man was spotted driving a forklift on the road between Forfar and Quilko. According to reports, he had taken the forklift from his employer’s yard because he was unable to get a taxi home.

This is incredibly dangerous for the driver and other people on the road, as this heavy and robust piece of equipment can easily be misused and even crashed into nearby cars, buildings or people.

It has therefore come to the attention of the police that drink driving is not just a matter for regular motorist drivers, and a forklift comes under the same laws and regulations as a normal car would.

Driving any vehicle under the influence of alcohol causes a risk to the driver and other road users.

Over the festive period, many hundreds of drunk drivers were caught speeding and many times over the limit. One driver was caught staggering from his car six times over the legal alcohol limit in Strathclyde. In Fife, a driver hit a pedestrian on 27 December and was later discovered to be twice over the drinking limit.

Despite many campaigns to warn drivers of the dangers of drink driving, the message does not appear to be reaching everyone.

Tom Ewing of Acpos road policing, commented on the issue, “Police officers will not be ignoring the scourge of drink and drug driving. Quite the reverse in fact; it will be part of routine night and day to look out for those who are prepared to take the risk. We will track these people down using every means at our disposal and bring them to justice.”

Anyone operating a forklift should be fit and well, trained and not under the influence of alcohol or any drugs or medication. Every forklift is different, so it is vital that drivers familiarise themselves with the vehicle beforehand.

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Testimonials

H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director
Emerys

Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

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