Australian Forklift Training discuss on the maximum speed that forklifts are allowed to travel. The acceptable speed is defined as a slow, safe speed that takes into consideration the ground conditions, the environment, traffic, employees and general public who may enter the work area.
Australian Forklift Training note that it is up to the forklift operators and their companies to decide upon acceptable speeds for each area on their worksites. Most forklift companies adopt a walking speed or slower policy whenever forklifts are being used around pedestrians. Walking pace is usually around 5 kph.
Forklift companies must assess danger areas where operators should travel slowly and adopt procedures to ensure that forklift drivers know and follow the appropriate speed limits. Some forklift companies have speed limiters on the forklifts to force the forklift operators to slow down in certain areas.