The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is an accreditation scheme that aims to improve fleet activity throughout the UK and beyond.
Who needs it?
FORS is voluntary, and open to any company operating a fleet, including vans, lorries, mini-buses or coaches.
“The FORS process of accreditation and continuous improvements makes sound business sense, and gives customers peace of mind that the organisation they contract with take safety and compliance seriously. The added benefit of accident reduction and public recognition of high standards means the potential to stand out from others when competing for new business.” Theo de Pencier, Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association (FTA)
More and more organisations and authorities are stipulating that your Company must hold FORS accreditation before they award new or continue with existing contracts with you.
FORS accreditation may help to bring you recognition and credibility when tendering for new business.
Our staff are all FORS Practitioners. They are also trained, Transport Industry Auditors, who have an in-depth knowledge of the FORS requirements.
If you are embarking on the process from scratch, we will guide you through each of the standards required.
If You’ve prepared for your Bronze audit but need a second opinion, or simply need some assurance? AKS Training can provide an experienced consultant who will offer guidance to help you understand which areas need improving or need to be addressed as a priority to conform with the high standards FORS require.
Our work will involve time spent at your premises in order to review vehicle maintenance records, driver records, company documentation, policies, procedures, risk assessments and working practices. The consultant will also provide you with information about how to sustain your FORS accreditation and how to evolve your policies in order to keep pace with FORS regulations. This is particularly useful if you’re planning to move your company on to silver accreditation at some point in the future, or just simply wish to retain your bronze accreditation year on year.
FORS is continuously evolving and annual audits must be undertaken to maintain your Bronze accreditation. To ensure that you are kept up to date and fully compliant during the year, and to prepare you for your renewal audit, AKS Training can provide a quarterly visit to your office to review and update your FORS compliance documents, policies and procedures.
Progression to Silver accreditation
Should you want to move your company on to the next level? Contact us to discuss moving to the Silver FORS accreditation.