ABA Feedback

The ABA have set up an email account of which is to be used for training providers, registered instructors, to pass any feedback directly to our auditors.

If you have a complaint about the ABA or any of its members, and wish to direct this to the FTA, please use the email account below:


If you wish to remain anonymous, please state this in your email.

Many thanks


ABA Testing Standards Update for A Groupings

The members of the ABA are finalising the new testing standards across all “A” category trucks, including ride on and pedestrian operated pallet trucks.

We can confirm that the standards will be issued to all ABA members for distribution in the next few weeks.

Once the standards are made available, training organisations will be advised to use these standards with immediate effect, however mandatory use will be required from 1st December 2019.

Once the testing standards are completed, a modified version will be available via the ABA website (no questions enclosed)

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.

For more information please contact us at: info@abawt.co.uk



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.