The scheme encourages sustainable best practice for road freight operators who deliver in, and service, London or who intend to do so. At its core, FORS promotes safe working practices, legal compliance and a corporate social responsibility to improve the safety of road freight operations in London.
Silver status is achieved by meeting the following criteria:
Fleet operators actively committing to improve safety, environmental impact and efficiency through a range of initiatives.
Maintain FORS bronze - fleet operators shall maintain their FORS bronze certification
Promoting FORS standards - provide a commitment via a written plan to promote FORS standards across their supply chain to ensure they meet reasonable standards in line with FORS bronze
Staff training - put in place a plan for enhanced training and development for drivers and line managers emphasising work related road safety, environmental awareness and operational efficiency. The plan shall incorporate the safety of vulnerable road users for those drivers travelling in urban areas. The training shall be linked to the operator's FORS performance indicators
Performance measurement - baseline data and initiate active monitoring of the following performance indicators:
Total fuel usage and costs by distances travelled
Transport related CO2 output
Total incident and collision data and costs involving personal injury, vehicle or property damage
Transport related fines and charges
Close proximity safety equipment - put in place a programme to fit vehicles exempt from side-guards with either side-guards or a blind-spot warning system (such as sensor/camera) to reduce blind-spot incidents. This requirement is only applicable for vehicles over 3.5t GVW travelling in urban areas
Transport related fines and charges - investigate and analyse all transport related fines and charges, implementing actions to address any lessons learned and identified trends
Fuel and emissions champion - appoint a fuel and emissions champion and implement measures to improve operational efficiency and environmental impact by reducing overall fuel costs, CO2 and other emissions from vehicular movements
Incidents and collisions - ensure that incidents, traffic collisions and reported near-misses are investigated and analysed, implementing actions to address any lessons learned and identified trends
Further info about FORS can be found online at www.fors-online.org.uk.
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