Celebrating 10 years of FORS
McFarlane Telfer were introduced to FORS in 2011 by Ian Brooks, ex-Chief Inspector in the Met and one of the founding fathers of the scheme, as a tool to help manage their growing fleet. In those days it was the Freight Recognition scheme rather than Fleet – initiated to try and improve standards around HGV’s in construction in London – and then managed by TfL. MCFT were then the first van fleet operator to gain silver. Since then it has become the de facto national standard for demonstrating best practice – any responsible organisation which generates vehicle traffic should be asking the operators of said vehicles to demonstrate their approach to fleet management by compliance with FORS – and, increasingly, silver is deemed the minimum standard.
Chris has been privileged to be a member of the Governance and Standards Advisory Group for the last three years, with a further specific interest in the LCV group, which met to consider the particular responsibilities of van fleet operators. The latest version of the standard V5, has just been launched – and will come into play from January next year.
Chris is an advocate for the scheme:
“It’s no longer sufficient to say safety stops at the front door; I believe it’s incumbent on all organisations bringing traffic to their own premises – deliveries, maintenance even the daily commute – to take responsibility for that impact and the way in which those vehicles and drivers are managed. From retail groups through universities to banks in Canary Wharf, the construction industry has shown the way in getting behind the need to raise standards and reduce deaths and injuries, others are shamefully behind. We will be helping promote the wider awareness and adoption of FORS and the safety, environmental and finanical enhancements it offers.”
The benefits to fleet managers is not just a decent night’s sleep but tangible on the bottom line:
For more information including an introductory webinar : https://www.fors-online.org.uk/cms/#about