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UK fleet operators want single compliance standard

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A recent study by Freight in the City reveals that operators want a universal compliance standard for fleets in order to improve safety across the UK. According to the survey, 85% of decision makers involved in transporting fleet believe there should be a single compliance standard across the UK logistics sector. More than 90% of respondents said they were familiar with Transport for London’s (TfL) Safer Lorry Scheme, which came into force on 1 September 2015.

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is the national accreditation standard for commercial vehicle and PSV operations in the UK. FORS wishes to promote the recognition of one over-arching scheme that encompasses all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, economical operations and vehicle emissions. It is a voluntary certification scheme run by TfL and open to any company operating a fleet, whether it is vans, lorries, minibuses or coaches. The FORS standard is based upon lawfulness, safety, efficiency, and environmental protection. Fleet operator's operations are audited against the requirements of the FORS Standard by an approved FORS certification body. Recently, both Hanson Cement and Cemex achieved the Gold standard under the FORS accreditation scheme. “This FORS gold award demonstrates that we take safety and compliance extremely seriously,” said Matthew Barlow, supply chain director at Hanson Cement.

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