Thorough Examination

A Thorough Examination inspection is similar to an MOT for your car. It is a legal requirement that is carried out periodically on all trucks with forks. Stay safe, stay legal.

Legal requirement

If you own, lease or hire a forklift truck, it is your legal responsibility to ensure it passes a Thorough Examination safety check every 4, 6 to 12 months under the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER98) and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER98). 


  • Required for all trucks with forks
  • Applies to all trucks you own, lease or hire
  • Failure to comply can lead to prosecution, invalidate your insurance or an accident

For more information or to book a Thorough Examination, contact us

Your responsibility

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that all your trucks have a valid Thorough Examination report
  • It must comply with schedule 1 of LOLER 98
  • You must be able to produce it when required to do so by an enforcement officer

The responsibility for obtaining this report of Thorough Examination lies with you, the user of the truck (whether you own, lease or hire it). The only exception may be for a truck operating under a short-term contract of less than a year, in which case the hiring company should provide you with a copy of the current report of Thorough Examination.

CFTS accredited

  • Thorough Examinations are accredited by the CFTS
  • Comply to LOLER 98 and PUWER 98 Regulations

Thorough Examinations carried out by Toyota are accredited by the CFTS (Consolidated Fork Truck Services) and comply to both LOLER 98 and PUWER 98 regulations. To comply to LOLER 98 all lifting parts of the truck are checked including chains, hydraulic systems and masts. To comply to PUWER 98 regulations all other parts of the truck are checked including seat restraints, steering and braking.

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