New ABA Chairman

The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) has announced Adam Smith as Chairman, effective from 24th January 2019.

The chairman of the ABA is appointed on a rotational basis and at the most recent meeting, held on 23rd January 2019, the time came for a new Chairman to be declared. Adam who is currently the Managing Director at AITT, was unanimously voted as the new chairman, replacing Nick Welsh from RTITB who held the position for just over 2 years.

We would like to thank the fantastic job Nick did during his time, and all his hard work in establishing the testing standards for B1 and D1/2 categories. We hope all members join us in thanking him for his hard work and service to the ABA.

We would like to congratulate Adam on his new position and ask you to join us in wishing him luck in his new appointed role.

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FTA Newly Appointed Auditors

Members of the ABA have unanimously agreed for the Freight Transport Association to be appointed as auditors of the ABA as of September 2018.

Audits will be carried out on an annual basis and will consist of 45 critical checks that each member must comply with to maintain they are meeting the requirements of the ABA.

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ABA Testing Standards Workshop. A and Z Categories

The ABA be will hosting a “testing standards” workshop for A and Z categories trucks (Rider / Pedestrian / Manual Trucks) on the 24th October at the Ricoh arena, Coventry.

Each awarding body will be inviting representatives from their accredited training providers, with a view to discuss and agree a new set of testing standards for these categories of trucks.

It promises to be a very productive event and if you wish to attend, please contact your relevant awarding body for an invite.







Changes to ABA Testing standards for Counterbalance B1 and Reach truck D1, D2 – Effective 1st September

  1. Fault number 18 to have penalty increased to 5 points.
  2. Fault number 6 to have the word ‘Unintentionally’ removed.
  3. Question 11 on page 42 – Change the answer D to ‘Reach carriage extended position and tilted forward. The correct answer remains as A.
  4. Question 16 on page 43 – Change the answer D to ‘when the load is at the maximum rated capacity of the lift truck’
  5. There will be a yearly review of the B and D test based on feedback obtained from the ABA members during the following year.​

Next ABA Meeting: 28th September 2017

The next meeting of the ABA will be taking place on 28th September 2017. This meeting will begin proceedings for standardising the A and Z ABA categories and further information on the development of these categories will be released in due course. We urge all training organisations to look out for developments regarding these categories as we will be looking for participants for a focus group and overall feedback to assist with the development when this project gets underway.

ABA releases updated ABA workplace transport codes

The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) has announced the release of updated ABA workplace transport codes. Changes to these codes include:

  • M1 category now covers both electric and I.C.E
  • M1 category has been changed to be entitled multi directional counterbalance
  • New category has been created which is M3 multi directional reach truck
  • A second new category has been added which is G6 container straddle carrier remote control

Following the ABA’s meeting in February 2017, Ernest Martin and Ricky Durkin from Combilift presented an overview of Combilift’s range to the ABA members and have since provided the ABA with a full categorisation of their machines in relation to the ABA’s workplace transport codes.

Combilift’s machines have been categorised as follows;

On the new update, Nick Welch, Chairman of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA), commented: “Following in-depth consultation with Combilift, the innovative and global lifting equipment manufacturer based in Ireland, the ABA are pleased to announce that to further clarify the ABA Workplace Transport Groupings the wide and varying range of lifting equipment that Combilift manufacture has now  been fully integrated into these category groupings, with the addition of one new group (G6) . A new version of the Workplace Transport Groupings has been produced (V4) so please destroy any previous editions and courtesy of Combilift, images of the Combilift range have also been included.”

The ABA asks that all training organisations cease using their previous code listing, and commence using the updated ABA Group list which can be downloaded from the ABA website.

Next ABA Meeting

The next meeting of the ABA will take place on the 28th February 2017 at AITT. Any feedback or questions regarding the release of the newly revised Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance (B1) and Reach (D1 & D2) trucks will be discussed in this meeting. If you have any feedback or questions please do email them to us. Of course we’ll keep you updated and post some notes from the meeting as soon as possible.

New Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance and Reach

The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) is very pleased to release the revised Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance (B1) and Reach (D1 & D2) trucks.

Download the new test now. It is not mandatory to implement the new test immediately, however the new test will need to be in use by training organisations from 1st September 2017. Any tests held on or after this date that do not use the new format will be invalid.

The ABA worked with a range of stakeholders, including training organisations, trade associations, insurers, unions, lift truck manufacturers and employers, to produce a test which more closely reflects the modern working environment and the needs of employers and industry at large. This is the first time the test has been updated since 2000.

We would strongly encourage everyone to read the new test in detail to ensure they are aware of all of the changes. Below are some of the key changes (please note this list is not finite):

  • 13 of the 22 elements  described in the pre-use inspection test have been deemed safety critical. The test candidate must carry out a full and correct check of these items, failure to do so will result in an automatic referral in this element of the test
  • Candidates will be disqualified from the practical skills test if they incur more than 3 (i.e. 4 or more) 5 point penalties in any one area
  • A number of elements in the practical skills test have had their penalty award increased
  • In the bank of multiple choice questions there are 5 mandatory questions. These must appear in every question paper. If a candidate gets any of the mandatory questions incorrect then the overall result of the association knowledge examination will be a referral (regardless of the overall score)

Please contact us if you have any questions or feedback on the new test. At the next ABA meeting the members will be deciding which truck test they will develop next. If you have suggestions please let us know.