Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Road Haulage Standards Scheme FORS Strengthens Advisory Group

Twenty One Stakeholder Members Now Have Input
Shipping News Feature
UK – The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), which gives accreditation to those road haulage operators which work in London and achieve benchmark standards of performance quality has increased the number of representatives on its Governance and Standards Advisory Group (GSAG) to 21 with the inclusion of three more industry stakeholders, TNT, High Speed Two Limited and Highways England.

Now in its eighth year FORS established the Group to ensure that its standards remain current and relevant to industry needs, and to protect the integrity and reputation of the scheme. Transport professionals from companies including DHL, John Lewis, Tarmac, Travis Perkins and Veolia as well as organisations such as DVSA, TfL, FTA, RHA and CILT, meet quarterly to discuss issues relating to the ongoing maintenance, development and enforcement of the FORS Standard. Steve Agg, who recently stepped down from his post at CILT but remains Chairman of the FORS Governance and Standards Group, commented:

“It’s a great pleasure to welcome Andrew Lowery, Neil Cox and Samantha Twining from TNT, High Speed Two Limited and Highways England respectively to the FORS governance group. It is essential to our central philosophy that we promote road safety and improve professional standards. High profile, experienced professionals such as those in our governance group ensure we are able to uphold those qualities which help to enhance the image of the industry as a whole.”

GSAG will continue to work together in 2016 on a number of initiatives to help FORS continue to provide the leading best practice standard for fleet operators and contract specifiers. Additionally the organisation looks to continually improve safety and performance standards whilst reducing the industry’s environmental impact. Operators are supported through the graded levels of the FORS Standard and managers and drivers encouraged to achieve and maintain professional standards. Andrew Lowery, TNT City Logistics and Public Affairs Manager commented:

“We are delighted to be able to add our support to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. TNT has been involved in the scheme for a number of years and it is an integral part of our commitment both to the very highest levels of legal compliance and to improving road safety for all.”

Photo: Another successful Gold Award marked a first for this operator’s industry.