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Reducing road risk in your supply chains
Local authorities strive to provide best quality services to the public they serve. With high standards expected of them, it is crucial that public bodies can ensure they work with high-quality suppliers to help to achieve these standards. By choosing to specify best practice standards such as FORS, local authorities can help set the benchmark for standards across their supply chains.
Managing work related road risk (WRRR) is everybody’s responsibility - even if you don’t have your own fleet. The delivery of goods and services generates road transport and any collisions involving your suppliers can affect your business and, ultimately, your reputation.
How FORS can help
Using responsible fleet operations in your supply chains offers peace of mind that your company is managing its work related road risk. Specifying FORS will help you achieve this.
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme encompassing all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations. FORS helps fleet operators to measure and monitor performance and alter their operations in order to demonstrate best practice.
It is open to operators of vans, trucks, mini-buses, coaches and other vehicles, and to the organisations that award contracts to those operators.
FORS can be used by contract specifiers to ensure that the safest, most efficient fleets are used. By specifying FORS in your contracts with fleet operators, your organisation is protecting and enhancing its reputation and helping to improve transport standards across the UK.
For local authority contract specifiers FORS offers valuable benefits and is why an increasing number are making FORS a condition of business.
Why become a FORS Specifier?
Drive best practice - As a promoter of FORS, you will be helping to improve the overall levels of safety, efficiency and environmental protection within the industry as well as driving best practice.
Strengthen the supply chain - Make your transport services one of the strongest links in your supply chain by specifying and contracting FORS accredited suppliers to boost operational efficiency and performance.
Improve sustainability - FORS accreditation drives lower fuel consumption across your transport fleet, cutting carbon emissions and helping you reduce your environmental impact.
Maximise safety - Well-trained drivers and well-maintained vehicles mean FORS ensures that your suppliers operate improved road safety standards.
FORS – helping you manage road risk
With over 4,800 members and operators across the UK, FORS membership is growing fast. FORS members are amongst the safest, most efficient and greenest operators on the road. In 2017 FORS members reported* a 15% reduction in CO2, a 6% improvement in mpg and a 6% reduction in damage only, slight and serious injury incidents.
FORS is the benchmark of excellence and best practice across the European transport industry. To learn more about FORS or about becoming a FORS Specifier, click here.
5% less CO2, 12% less incidents & 10% less PCNs
“The benefits gained from FORS, including greater road safety, reduced carbon emissions, better training and overall awareness will pave the way to a safer and more sustainable future. We are committed to continual improvement and aim to lead from the front to promote the FORS Standard and encourage other companies to work collaboratively and also adopt FORS.”
Josephine Allman, Head of Camden, Accessible Travel Solutions Camden Council
*Statistics drawn from 200 Silver and Gold members operating 3,686 vehicles