Posted: December 2020
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) has helped to improve road safety and changed the way commercial vehicles in the UK operate. Since its inception, hundreds of fleet operators have voluntarily signed up to the scheme and more than 113,000 vehicles are now accredited. While FORS is not mandatory, according to the accreditor’s research, 85% of transport operators would welcome a UK-wide standard for fleet safety and compliance to be introduced.
At Brigade, we have been supporting FORS and its work for many years, actively promoting its benefits and encouraging fleet operators to join the scheme. Here, we discuss some of the frequently asked questions about FORS and why becoming an accredited member should be top of your priority list as a fleet manager.
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme for fleet operators which aims to raise the level of quality within the transport business and demonstrate which operators are achieving exemplary levels of best practice in safety, efficiency and environmental protection.
FORS helps to highlight areas for improvement and implement positive change. As a result, FORS members benefit from improved safety, better efficiency and enhanced training while minimising their impact on the environment. In 2019, 24% of FORS members reported a reduction in the cost of their annual fleet insurance as a result of joining FORS. Read five reasons to join FORS to find out more.
There are three standards of FORS accreditation a company can achieve – bronze, silver and gold. These standards define the requirements a fleet operator must meet to become accredited to the scheme. These are broken down into four key areas:
Operators will be audited by providing evidence of systems, procedures and documentation and must meet the specified minimum requirements set by FORS in order to achieve the relevant FORS standard. Audits are regularly repeated to ensure the level is maintained or improved.
Vehicle safety equipment and the specification that equipment should meet is pivotal to attaining each standard. This includes fitting close proximity sensors, such as Brigade’s Ultrasonic Obstacle Detection to alert drivers when objects or other road users are in the vicinity.
Precise requirements will depend on the standard you are aiming to achieve. You can find out more about what these involve on the FORS website.
FORS Silver is aligned to DVS so if your fleet is FORS Silver or FORS Gold accredited, it will automatically comply with the current DVS regulations. However, under DVS rules, you will still require a permit to drive your vehicle in Greater London. To find out more, take a look at our blog The Difference between FORS and DVS.
To get started with your FORS accreditation, you will need to register online on the FORS website. Once you have done this, you will be able to download the relevant documents to get you started.
FORS is paid via an annual subscription and will depend on the number of vehicles in your fleet. You can find full information about the cost of FORS membership fees here.
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