15 Feb Fleet Source to deliver auditing and training for Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)
Last month, AECOM, the global, fully integrated infrastructure services firm, was appointed by Transport for London (TfL) to operate and grow the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS). As part of this contract Fleet Source, a specialist fleet services support organisation, will partner with AECOM and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in the collectively named FORS Community Partnership; with Fleet Source delivering accreditation audits and training for the scheme, nationwide.
The contract, which has an initial term of five years, will see FORS extended outside of London, with AECOM rolling out the scheme on a national basis to meet demand from companies outside the capital, as well as from operators keen to gain accreditation for their national fleet.
FORS is an accreditation scheme that delivers safety, environmental and efficiency benefits for fleet operators by encouraging the adoption of best practice industry standards. The FORS standards are in line with the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy, as well as issue-specific plans relating to air quality and road safety. The scheme is currently available to all companies that operate fleets, including vans, lorries, mini-buses and coaches, in the Greater London area and has accredited more than 210,000 vehicles since it was established in 2008.
“Fleet Source is extremely proud to have been awarded this significant piece of work, to deliver the FORS audit and training requirements”, said Nick Caesari, Managing Director, Fleet Source. “As a specialist fleet services support business, Fleet Source is ideally placed to help deliver FORS nationally. We already support many major logistics operators and deliver Safe Urban Driving training on behalf of Transport for London; so this new FORS partnership only serves to strengthen our offering to industry”.
AECOM and TfL will jointly manage a transition period, with the FORS Community Partnership taking over the day-to-day running of FORS on 17 February 2015, with a requirement to make it a self-funding scheme. AECOM is in the process of establishing a FORS Governance Board of key industry stakeholders, which will include TfL.
FORS awards bronze, silver and gold accreditation to road fleet operators that provide evidence of enhanced safety, environmental and performance standards.