FORS coming to PCV sector
FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, has further developed its offering for bus and coach operators.
FORS is a voluntary accreditation scheme for fleet operators. It aims to raise the level of quality within fleet operations, and to demonstrate which operators are achieving exemplary levels of best practice in safety, efficiency, and environmental protection. The scheme was created 11 years ago by TfL and has grown to encompass operators outside of London. To remain relevant to operators, the organisation updates its accreditation requirements every two years.
FORS members include commercial vehicle operators of any size and make-up, all supported by a package of funded and discounted training. A revised FORS Standard came into effect in January 2019, bringing with it provision to cater for the compliance challenges of the bus and coach sector. There are three accreditation levels in FORS: Gold, Silver and Bronze. A new requirement at FORS Bronze accreditation has been put in place to ensure accessibility, comfort and safety for all passengers, demonstrated via a passenger safety policy, including the need for clear on-vehicle signage and adequate access for all passengers.
FORS Director, John Hix, said: “Bus and coach operators, or those which operate passenger carrying vehicles have a lot to gain from FORS membership. As FORS members in the haulage sector know, following our progressive accreditation will not only increase operational efficiencies for fleets and help ensure best safety practices for drivers and passengers, but it will also ensure members are able to be prepared to meet new environmental legislative changes coming into force.”