Requirements for Hiring a Self-Drive Cherry Picker

Posted on: May 17th, 2016

Does your business require the regular use of access platforms? If you frequently hire a cherry picker it may be more cost effective to take them on a self-drive basis rather than pay for an operator.


Elev8 Access Platforms have a number of MEWPs that can be hired for self-drive.  TruckSelf Drive Cherry Picker mounted cherry pickers with a working height of up to 33 meters and tracked access cherry pickers with a working height of up to 36 meters. Visit our self-drive access platforms category to see a list what vehicles we have available for self operation. Our self-drive cherry pickers can be collected from our Sheffield Depot, we can be deliver them directly to you.




What training qualifications needed to self-drive a cherry picker?

We require your operator to hold the IPAF training qualification in the relevant category of access platform that you wish to hire.  This must be in date.   If you are not sure what type of MEWP your IPAF training card covers then take a look at IPAF’s website or contact out hire desk staff.


The majority of our cherry pickers sit within IPAF category 1b (Static Boom, Self-propelled booms with outriggers).


If you don’t have the relevant IPAF training just give our hire desk a call and we can arrange IPAF training for you.


Driving licence required

If you are hiring a self-drive truck mounted cherry picker then your driving licence must cover the correct category for the weight and size of the vehicle.  This information can be found for each of our MEWPs on our website or our hire desk team can help you.

You can check on line to see what categories your driving licence covers here.



Insurance cover for driving and using a cherry picker is the responsibility of the person driving or hiring the MEWP.  The insurances that you or your company will need are:

  • Public Liability
  • Hired in Plant (to the value of the MEWP)
  • Insurance that covers you to drive the vehicle on a public highway (if you intend to do so)

If you do not already have this insurance please speak to our hire desk who will be happy to put you in touch with our insurance broker.



Having the right IPAF category to drive a cherry picker is a good start but you will also need some training in using the cherry picker that you hire and some experience of MEWP use on the job.  A trained Elev8 MEWP Operator will give you a familiarisation of the access platform which will include the basics of using the cherry picker you hire when you collect or when the access platform is delivered.

If you don’t already have experience of using access platforms why not hire an operated cherry picker and spend a day with one of our experienced operators.


Select the right MEWP for the site and job

There are many factors which determine which is the right cherry picker for your job and the site that it will be used on.  Some of the things you need to consider are:


  • The working height you need
  • If the work place is suitable for the size of vehicle that the MEWP is mounted on. Also remember to think about the size of access you will require and if you can drive the cherry picker to the workplace.
  • If the ground can take the weight of the outriggers.
  • If the work is indoors or outdoors.
  • If you are lifting any materials the access platform must be able to safely take the weight of the materials and any passengers in the basket.


You can find the working height and other machine details for each of our MEWPs on the page of our website describing each of our access platforms.

MEWP working height


There is a lot to think about when selecting a piece of access equipment for a job.  Our hire desk can assist you over the phone or one of our trained surveyors can visit your site and conduct a full survey.



Road traffic management

If your job takes place on a public highway you may need to have road traffic management in place.  Please speak to our hire desk staff who will be happy to assist you in arranging traffic management.



Self-drive can drive down your cherry picker hire costs.  Our hire desk will help guide you through the process if you haven’t done it before and are happy to assist you.  Please contact us and we will be happy to help.




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