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FORS heads for Tyne & Wear

  • 10 July 2012
  • By Chris Druce

A free membership scheme for freight operators helping them become greener and more efficient has been launched in Tyne and Wear with a view to rolling it out nationally next year.

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) has been running in London for four years ago where it has more than 1,000 members, and hopes are high that this second scheme will prove its credentials to companies in the rest of the country.

Fleet operators sign up to join FORS and then the Freight Transport Association conducts an audit of the business to assess their management systems, policies and procedures.

Once they become members companies are offered access to funded driver CPC training and workshops explaining how to increase efficiency.

According to project manager Aecom, FORS membership also provides companies with an edge when bidding for work.

Aecom senior consultant Peter Hayes says half a dozen operators have already signed up: “We are hoping that will be significantly higher over the next few months. Ideally we will have about 50 members this year.”

“There will be other local authorities that are going to be taking up FORS,” says Hayes. “Tyne Wear is the guinea pig, if you like.”

Transport for London’s FORS changed its name earlier this year, dropping freight for fleet in attempt to broaden the scheme’s appeal further.


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