Driving Standards


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

 

FORS Accreditation

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FORS Accreditation

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme is a positive identifier for procurement professionals to connect with when looking to tender for fleet services.

The accreditation recognises truck, bus, coach, van and powered two wheeler operators so whichever fleet method you’re looking to secure the FORS standard is an excellent identifier of the service levels that you can expect from your provider.

 

The procurement benefits of FORS

  • Higher safety standards = less risk of service disruption
  • Leaner, cleaner fleet operations = less impact on the environment and fuel cost savings
  • Better operational management = better organisation and ability to meet SLA’s 

With around 5000 fleet operators in the scheme FORS is a recognised standard within the logistics and transport sector. Operators who join the scheme must commit to improve, develop and maintain their operating standards.

To become bronze accredited they must undergo an on-site audit once every 12 months, benchmarked against 32 requirements of the FORS Standard. However, many procurement professionals recognise the benefit of ensuring suppliers achieve silver accreditation which (in addition to maintaining the bronze requirements) adds nine additional requirements including practical driver training, the fitment of safety-critical equipment to vehicles and maintaining important KPI on incident reporting, fleet performance and operational fines.  Operators must submit this data once every 12 months to maintain their silver accreditation.

Operators can also opt to go for gold, which adds a further nine requirements covering recruitment, retention, development and sustainable operations.

The FORS Standard is revised every 24 months to help drive continuous improvement and to move with the times.

 

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.

FORS recognises best in class fleet operators, so the FORS brand will support procurement professionals in identifying that their shortlisted or chosen fleet operator is working to high standards. This means you can rest 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.

As a result of FORS benefits an increasing number of contract managers are factoring the FORS accreditation into their tendering process and contract terms.

 

How can you recognise a FORS fleet operator?

FORS members are listed on the ‘Who’s On Board’ section of the FORS website

There is also a facility on the website to check whether a driver has received the mandatory e-learning (bronze) or practical safety training (silver).

Many FORS members also proudly display the FORS logo on the rear or side of their vehicle.

 

The view from those in FORS Governance

 

A fleet operator testimonial

Miers Construction Products is an independent supplier of construction products delivering from a number of locations across the UK. Their Operations Manager, Andrew Court says ‘FORS has helped us achieve compliance and safety and we have reduced our parking fines and charges by 16.67% since last year. Andrew also saw a reduction in traffic incidents, ‘We have managed not to have any accidents/ collisions for the past 4 years’

 

Through using FORS to monitor fuel efficiency year on year the company has seen a reduction in CO2 emissions of 25.16%, making a significant contribution towards raising air quality standards.

 

Andrew said ‘We will continue using what FORS has taught us to improve our MPG and reduce any wasted idling, and keep our accidents/ incidents to zero’. Currently 67% of our fleet is Euro 6 and the final 2 vehicles are being replaced within the next 12 months to Euro 6 vehicles which will make 100% of our fleet Euro 6 compliant’.

 

Miers Construction Products gained FORS Gold accreditation earlier this year;

 

‘Gaining FORS Gold Accreditation shows how dedicated we are as a company to improving road safety and the safety of all vulnerable road users in London as well as nationally. We will continuously use what FORS has taught us to help reduce our carbon footprint and make the roads so safer for everyone that uses them. We have also managed to make a significant saving by reducing our fuel usage and improving our MPG’.


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