It is necessary to apply the parking brake and engage the gears in neutral when using the truck's hydraulic controls. This is true even for very minor adjustments of the hydraulic controls and failure to do so leads to a serious penalty during a forklift test. It would be fair to say that this is one of the most common faults on test especially for those undergoing refresher training.
For a more complete explanation of how this rule came about please click here. These pages were written by John, (Dai), Carter who was the first registered instructor in the UK and actually invented the test!
NOTE: In 2020 a new accrediting body called iTRUK came into existence. They offer a different practical test for forklift operators which more closely represents the way forklifts are actually used. On this test you do not need to apply the parking brake for every tiny movement of the hydraulic controls. You can find details here.
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