Neville Tilley Transport has been accredited as the 500th Silver member of FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. The Stamford-based sand, gravel and aggregates operator is a contracted haulier with Tarmac, operator of the largest HGV fleet in the industry with whom FORS has an established and far-reaching working relationship.
The 500th Silver member milestone is reached just weeks after FORS signed-up its 4,000th accredited member in total – haulier, Cargo Express in Birmingham. To date, 160 FORS members have progressed to Gold status, the highest level of accreditation, and they make up a select but growing group of operators attaining exemplary levels of best practice.
FORS has now established itself as the transport industry’s ‘go-to’ accreditation scheme for best-practice. Its 4,000-strong membership comprises commercial vehicle operators of all stripes – from parcel carriers to European haulage fleets – and representing over 200,000 vehicles across the full spectrum of vehicle types, from vans and LCVs right up to premium duty articulated trucks, and heavy-haulage units.
“All our third party contracted hauliers must attain FORS Bronze accreditation as a minimum requirement,” said Tarmac’s Transport Account Manager, Justin Waite. “ Neville Tilley Transport, with whom we have enjoyed a long and successful partnership, is one of a growing number of Tarmac contracted hauliers to achieve FORS Silver, and we’re delighted that Neville Tilley is able proudly to display his Silver accreditation sticker on his fleet. It’s fitting,” he said, “that such a reliable and professional local operator has reached such a notable landmark with FORS.”
Neville Tilley added, “Our association with Tarmac is a vital component of our operation and our close attention to FORS membership is crucial in maintaining the ongoing partnership. FORS Silver membership is reward for our hard work in establishing and maintaining a fleet of trucks that’s bringing higher levels of safety on the road and increased productivity to our business. We’re very pleased to be working with FORS in this respect,” he said.
Tarmac is a long-standing FORS supporter, with many of its own nationwide fleet operations working to FORS Gold standard. The company was the first UK HGV fleet operator approved to undertake whole fleet accreditation of FORS.
“It’s critical that Tarmac operates to the highest levels of safety and efficiency,” continued Justin Waite, himself a FORS Approved Auditor, “and we have to know our contracted hauliers are all operating to those same high standards. Knowing they are FORS-accredited inspires confidence that they are all fully trained and have the correct procedures and documentation in place.”
FORS has also just released its FORS Standard (version 4.0). The latest update is clearer, easier to understand and contains more specific guidance on how FORS applies not only to trucks, but also to vans and to PSVs. The FORS Standard is reviewed and updated on a two-yearly cycle, and covers pathways to FORS Bronze, FORS Silver and FORS Gold accreditation.
Developed and approved by the FORS Governance & Standards Advisory Group (GSAG) – a collective of leading operators and industry bodies from across the transport sector – the new FORS Standard 4.0 represents all the latest regulatory updates, additions and amendments.
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme established in 2008. It is open to UK and non-UK fleet operators, and to the organisations who award contracts to those operators. With over 4,000 members (representing over 218,000 vehicles) FORS is now well-established as the go-to accreditation scheme for best practice.
For more information visit www.fors-online.org.uk
About FORS Community Partnership
FORS is managed by the FORS Community Partnership, comprising:
- AECOM – a trusted FORS delivery partner and global consultancy
- Chartered Institute of Logistics Transport and Logistics – the independent and highly respected professional Institute
- Fleet Source – the specialist fleet services support organisation responsible for auditing
The Partnership’s blend of commercial and industry based organisations is fully aligned with the safety, efficiency and environmental values of FORS. All three have a long association with the FORS scheme, over many years contributing to; the development of the Standard; the implementation of systems and scheme support; and the delivery of training and audit quality assurance.