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What is FORS? Understanding the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme

19th March 2024 | by Sam Nardi

What is FORS? Understanding the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation with a clear mission: to elevate your fleet's standards and set higher standards for safety, efficiency, environmental protection, and overall excellence in fleet operations. Learn more about the benefits and if Speedy Freight offers FORS here. 


What is FORS? 


The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme designed to elevate standards within fleet operations. 

The goal of FORS is straightforward: to create a comprehensive scheme that addresses safety, fuel efficiency, economical operations and vehicle emissions.  

FORS aims to drive up standards within fleet operations and demonstrate which operators are achieving exemplary levels of best practice in safety, efficiency and environmental protection. For vehicle operators, FORS offers assurance that they are meeting legal obligations while simultaneously enhancing efficiency, cutting costs, and facilitating business growth. 

By adhering to FORS standards, fleet operators showcase their commitment to safety-conscious and environmentally responsible transportation practices. 


What are the Benefits of FORS? 


FORS establishes a standard of excellence for operators of vans, lorries, minibuses, coaches, and buses, granting access to exclusive accreditation benefits. 

Enhanced Safety: FORS emphasises safety at its core. By implementing FORS standards, operators undergo rigorous assessments and training to mitigate risks and ensure safer roads for all. 

Improved Efficiency: Efficiency is the lifeline of any fleet operation. FORS encourages the adoption of best practices that streamline operations, reduce downtime, and optimise resource utilisation, ultimately leading to cost savings. 

Environmental Responsibility: As concerns about climate change escalate, environmental sustainability becomes non-negotiable. FORS promotes eco-friendly practices such as fuel efficiency and vehicle emissions reduction, contributing to a greener future. 

Industry Recognition: Achieving FORS accreditation isn't just a badge; it's a testament to operational excellence. FORS-certified operators gain industry recognition, instilling trust and confidence among clients and stakeholders. 

Work Opportunities: Many companies, particularly within the construction sector, require that fleet operators have FORS accreditation to carry out work for them in commercial vehicles. 


What Are the Levels of FORS? 


FORS offers three progressive levels of accreditation, each building upon the previous one: 

Bronze: The entry-level accreditation, focusing on legal compliance and basic safety requirements. 

Silver: A step up from Bronze, Silver accreditation entails further advancements in safety practices, management systems, and operational efficiency. 

Gold: The highest level of FORS accreditation, Gold signifies exemplary performance across all aspects, including safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability. 


Does Speedy Freight Offer FORS? 


Yes, Speedy Freight can offer FORS-accredited delivery services through our trusted partnerships. Many of our customers, particularly those based in city centres, opt for FORS Gold, Silver, or Bronze accreditation, depending on their specific vehicle requirements and delivery locations.  


Contact us to find out more about our FORS-accredited delivery options.

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