22 September 2020

Why specify FORS in procurement contracts?

Why specify FORS in procurement contracts? image

FORS, The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, has created a Standard that gives its members a clear set of requirements to demonstrate they run a quality operation. Organisations who specify FORS are able to improve the management of work-related road risk (WRRR) amongst clients, contractors, developers and suppliers.

FORS members are based across the whole of the UK, so organisations who specify FORS in contracts can take full advantage of an environmentally sound, efficient and safe road transport supply chain, wherever their operation is based. This means all commercial vehicles operating on your behalf – from mopeds, taxi and minibuses, to coaches, refuse trucks and heavy goods vehicles - will demonstrate exceptionally high standards.

It is very simple to write FORS as a condition of business into procurement contracts. Many national infrastructure, construction and local authority-led contracts across the UK already do so, as a route to a quality road transport supply chain. Local authorities and construction projects who choose FORS can more easily manage WRRR, reduce carbon emissions, and meet air quality targets.

Why FORS?

FORS is built around continuous improvement, where members strive for even higher operational standards as they progress through the levels of the scheme.

FORS accreditation goes beyond basic legal compliance, with our members able to tangibly evidence how they far exceed the legal basics by following our unique mix of driver and management training, robust auditing and statistic-based efficiencies, backed up by a range of online support tools and guidance from our national helpline.

FORS accredited operators comply with both CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety) and Transport for London’s WRRR requirements. FORS Silver accreditation can be used to demonstrate CLOCS compliance as the schemes are designed to align, to keep compliance simple. FORS is about continuous progression, so our members can become safer, smarter and greener with a model to suit commercial vehicles of all types, from truck, van, coach, bus, taxi and powered two-wheeler operators.

To understand how FORS can help your road transport supply chain meet its safety, environmental and efficiency needs visit: https://www.fors-online.org.uk/cms/champions/

Paul Wilkes is FORS Business Services Manager

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