The company joined the now-national scheme five years ago when it was aimed towards Freight Vehicles in London – and were the first Light Commercial Vehicle operator to gain Silver accreditation.
The FORS standard audits the company’s processes and results in managing both its vehicles and its drivers – giving a comprehensive, fleet-management framework for novices or experienced vehicle operators.
Mindful of the impact and risks of vehicle movements, London introduced the standard for construction projects in order to ensure best practice amongst the many HGV’s serving building sites – including Crossrail – within an already congested area.
The success of the scheme has led to it rolling out nationally – and even foreign operators are now audited and registered.
McFT Quality and Compliance Manager, Louise Reynolds, comments: ”Since starting the scheme five years ago, reporting and feeding back to the team, we have seen a 70% drop in tracked speeding incidents and a 30% increase in fuel economy. I currently have one driver with more than 3 points on their licence – and I have around one incident (our blame or their blame) per year for every three vehicles – thankfully, nearly all very minor. That record not only means admin is easier, but our claims history directly affects our insurance premiums – and this track record keeps our costs down. Best of all, we try to limit the personal tragedy and upheaval of RTA’s – for our team and anyone else affected.”
CEO of McFT, Chris Craggs, commented: “The next stage for FORS looking to broaden its reach, will be for all employers – especially large private sector employers – to recognise their obligations for the traffic which they bring to their locations – from commuters to deliveries to tradesmen – and to take some responsibility for the volume of movements – as well as to their compliance and good management. If major employers started adding supplier and contractor fleet management to their list of pre-qualification questionnaires and offering guidance for their own teams, this would be one of the most important steps forward for road safety”.