FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, is the national accreditation standard for commercial vehicle and public service vehicle operations in the UK. It has established appropriate standards of operation for vans, lorries,
In 2006, Transport for London,
The plan was developed in 2007, the standards and administration set, and the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) was launched in 2008.
Although its conception and initial application were all in London, by 2015 the process
FORS Business Services Manager, Paul Wilkes, recently spoke to Teletrac Navman about how his industry-led accreditation scheme was developed to improve fleet activity throughout the UK and how it provides a best practice benchmark for management, drivers, vehicles and operations to work
"The aim of FORS is to provide an over-arching scheme that encompasses all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, economical operations and vehicle emissions. It uses a combination of fleet audits, personnel training and advisory support
The future of road safety and the wider impacts of freight and fleet operations are changing not just in London, but across the country, as more and more clients and specifiers choose to use their procurement processes to ensure the safest fleets are working on their contracts.
But what do fleet managers who work for companies outside of London need to be aware of?
"Companies should be striving for operational best practice and aiming to move beyond the legal minimum levels of compliance." Added Wilkes
"FORS provides tools to help managers keep a close eye on the impact vehicles are having on the environment in order to ensure their CO2 emissions are falling year on year.
"That's a really important factor when seeking FORS Gold accreditation where part of the accreditation criteria is to demonstrate year on year improvements in mpg and CO2 emissions."
A study conducted by the University of Westminster calculated that the reduced carbon dioxide emissions in London from silver accredited companies equated to around 18,500 tonnes a year.
But it's not just about the impact on the environment that Fleet managers should focus, they also need to be
"Due to the apparatus we have we're able to plan routes effectively, which means we're able to direct our vehicles away from congested areas and vulnerable road users.
"At Ashworth we monitor driver
"This year we're going for silver!"
With the fleet
Visit http://www.fors-online.org.uk/cms/ to find out more about FORS.
Click here to read how Fleet Tracking from Teletrac Navman also help Dafcon win bronze accreditation from FORS.