Driving Standards


When procurement are looking to tender for fleet services, driving standards and accreditations are an important consideration in this process.

 

FORS Accreditation

FORS logoThe Fleet operator recognition scheme is a positive identifier for procurement professionals to connect with when looking to tender for fleet services.

The accreditation recognises HGV, LCV, bus and coach operators, so whichever fleet method you are looking to secure, the FORS standard is an important identifier of the service levels available from your provider.


The procurement benefits of FORS

With over 5000 fleet operators in the scheme, FORS is a recognised standard within the logistics sector. Operators who join the scheme must commit to improve and maintain their operating standards, and in order to get the accreditation they must undergo an on-site audit which is benchmarked against 34 requirements of the FORS Bronze Standard divided into 4 sections; Management, Vehicles, Drivers and Operations. 

 

Driver awareness and training

A major factor of the scheme is road safety, and the requirements include the need for drivers to undergo regular safety training. FORS also requires its members to monitor fuel efficiency and to work towards reducing emissions; something that’s very important to public procurement.

  • Safe urban driving.
  • Improving fuel economy and emissions reduction.
  • Road incident reduction programme.

FORS Workshops & Audits

  • Bronze members must be audited every 12 months.
  • EU regulations updates and guidance.
  • Legal compliance.
  • Safe loading and vehicle maintenance.
  • Assessment of risk.
  • Regular workshops to support, Driver assessment & training & Best practice guidance.

FORS recognises best in class fleet operators, so the FORS brand will support procurement professionals in identifying that their chosen fleet operator is operating to high standards. This means you can be assured that the safest, most efficient fleets are working with you on your contracts. 

FORS also recognise that many of their members are closely linked to the CSR of the buyers' organisation.

 

Contract award benefits to the Buyer

  • Cost savings via fuel spend, penalty and insurance reductions
  • Safety
  • Sustainability
  • Environment
  • Continuous improvement


Due to the above benefits an increasing number of contract managers are factoring FORS requirement into their tendering process and contract terms.

How can you recognise a FORS fleet operator?

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FORS members are listed on the FORS website. There is also a facility on the website to check whether a driver has received relevant safety training. Many FORS members also proudly display the FORS logo on the rear or side of their vehicle. 

 

There is valid feedback from operators as to why they choose to be FORS acredited and from Procuremnet  professionals who require FORS recognised suppliers within their tendering process.

A fleet operator testimonial


Why procurement professional factors FORS requirement into Tender process.

Julie Madoui, Head of Fleet and Transport at Skanska UK. Established in Sweden in 1887, and with a UK operation that is one of the country’s premier construction contractors, she was unequivocal in her comments.

She said, “Make no mistake, there is a real cost from doing nothing in this arena.” She added, “The reputational damage that can result from not getting your safety and environmental standards up to the mark are enormous, and recovering lost trust is potentially impossible. Setting safe operational practice as a priority after an accident, is simply negligent.”

Her goal is to create an injury-free environment in all the workplaces for which she is responsible, and those within her supply chain. Madoui reminded delegates, “In 2014/15 there were 35 fatalities in the UK construction sector. That’s 35 too many, but in the same period, there were 1,775 recorded deaths on the roads. In any other industry,” she said, “this would be regarded as wholly unacceptable.”

Efforts at Skanska over recent years, including better route planning, advice and training for cyclists, improved vehicle systems, compliance auditing, getting common standards accepted by clients, and the establishment of a fleet risk steering group, have all helped to progressively drive down incidents.

Madoui was equally forthright about the advantages to the bottom line. She said, “The hard work brings more good news than just the reduction in accident and injury. We’ve saved over £400,000 a year from a cut in our insurance premiums, and another £50,000 per annum on a reduction in penalty charges. Add to that a cut in fuel consumption of 16% from the driver training programmes, and it’s a no-brainer.

” She concluded by pointing out that they had a string of awards to show for it, and clients wanting to do business with them because of the strong role safety plays in their supply chain. She reflected a widely understood trend for all professionally-run construction sites in the Capital to demand FORS registration as a pre-condition to contract. That sentiment is spreading country-wide.

Ref: Julie Madoui talk summary from the FORS Member’s Conference 2016