The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme encompassing all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations. FORS helps fleet operators to measure and monitor performance and alter their operations in order to demonstrate best practice. It is open to operators of vans, lorries, mini-buses, coaches and other vehicles, and to the organisations that award contracts to those operators
Our FORS journey through the accreditations has transformed our business into an industry pace setter and a leader in fleet transport best practice. The high standards are intrinsically engrained in all that we do. Over the years FORS has helped to install a mindset of continual improvement, we are proud to be part of an elite group of operators that boast exemplary levels of safety, efficiency and environmental awareness. The accreditation process is clear and straightforward, with lots of support and we would recommend that all operators and suppliers adopt the FORS standards. Please follow this link to find out more https://www.fors-online.org.uk/cms/new-standard/ about the standards’
For us at HMF Services (Transport) LTD safety is key, safety comes first, safety comes before profit. Our drivers are highly trained and are kept up to date with all the remote learning, classroom based training and practical training that FORS has to offer. Our drivers are Safe Urban Drivers.
In an ever changing and environmentally conscious world FORS has given us the tools, guidance and understanding of how to be more efficient in every aspect of our business. From what vehicles we use, to route planning, car share schemes, driver training and a benefits package offered to our employees to incentivise them to cut unnecessary car journeys to and from work and away from the workplace too.
FORS is more than just a sticker on the side of a vehicle, it is a way of working to keep everyone as safe as possible. Transport of goods will always be required and it will always have some form of environmental impact but FORS has shown us how to limit this as best we can and how to go further with trying to cut our employees environmental impact and improve health even when they are not at work.
“As a family company we are tight knit, we work hard together to develop and to be the best that we can be in every aspect, safety is key and a cleaner environment is our future. FORS is assisting us to be safer and cleaner.” Julie Fitzgibbon – Director, Transport Manager and FORS Practitioner.
“The progression from not being FORS to Bronze then Silver has helped us to train and educate our drivers and provide the insight and rationale behind the training. We set high standards and the framework in place has helped us to achieve this. I instruct all my staff that safety is at the forefront of what we do, my ethos is “Safety before profit” and the policies and framework that FORS has helped with has made sure we are as safe as possible” Hugh Fitzgibbon – Director, FORS Practitioner and Health and Safety Champion
“Having had HMF Services as part of my life since its creation in 1989 I have seen many changes. Having driven for a number of years before progressing into a management role I have seen the company transform since we became a FORS member. It has given us a great sense of achievement and pride. It shows we care about the environment but shows we also care about the wellbeing of the public. FORS demands the highest standards and being a member shows we achieve them and have the drive to continue to do so. I encourage every operator to be a member, to be greener, to work together for a safer and more environmentally friendly future. The framework may look scary but it isn’t, the team at FORS are on hand to help us and everyone to be better and we are proud to display the FORS logo and support what they stand for.” Matt Fitzgibbon – Logistics Manager and travel plan coordinator.
We encourage everyone to visit https://www.fors-online.org.uk/cms/ to learn more and if you’re an operator or organisation that awards contracts to operators then please join us on our journey with FORS as we strive for higher safety standards, a better environment and a demonstration on industry best standard.